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* Canada
--- The Economic Action Plan (formerly known as the Federal Budget) 2013

March 21, 2013

--- Restoring Integrity to the Budget Process
(March 5, 2013)
--- Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together
- March 11, 2013 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

June 1 (2013) addendum:
Canadians with Disabilities

June 28, 2013 addendum:
Royal Assent of the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act
June 26, 2013

October 20, 2013 addendum
Harper Government™ tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion...

October 22, 2013 addendum
Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2

November 12, 2013 addendum
Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections - Finance Canada

November 20, 2013 update
Time for Talk, Not Action
(re. Canada Job Grant program)
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy )

November 27 update
How Harper can avoid turning a Budget Implementation Bill into a Duffy budget bill

December 5 update
Revised Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) Outlook and
Assessment of the 2013 Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections

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January 14, 2014 update
Economic Club of Canada Address Highlights Priorities of Economic Action Plan 2014

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[ ActionPlan.gc.ca ] <=== This link takes you to the Harper Government™ propaganda page.


Provincial and territorial budgets:

* Newfoundland and Labrador
March 26, 2013

* Prince Edward Island
March 27, 2013

* Nova Scotia
April 4, 2013

* New Brunswick
March 26, 2013

* Québec
November 20, 2012

* Ontario
May 2, 2013

* Manitoba
April 16, 2013

* Saskatchewan
March 20, 2013

*Alberta
March 7, 2013

* British Columbia
February 19, 2013

* Northwest Territories
February 7, 2013

* Yukon
- March 21, 2013

* Nunavut
February 27, 2013



Other [external] sources of govt. budget analysis:

Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/gov_finances.jsp
- links to analysis by TD Economics of each federal, provincial and territorial budget after it is tabled.
Source:
TD Economics

http://www.td.com/economics/


Federal, provincial and territorial budgets
http://www.ey.com/CA/en/Services/Tax/Tax-Budgets-Provincial
Source:
Ernst & Young
http://www.ey.com/


2013 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
http://goo.gl/k3Tdj
Source:
Deloitte
http://www.deloitte.com/


Federal/Provincial Budgets
http://www.taxtips.ca/provbudgets.htm
- includes links to each federal, provincial and territorial budget along with taxation information for each jurisdiction
Source:
TaxTips.ca


From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, March 2013 (PDF - 124K, 13 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2013-03.pdf
Content includes 2013 budget information from a health and social policy perspective for all jurisdictions where budgets have been tabled, along with other interesting bits for each province.
Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

 


Canada's Economic Action Plan
- links to all seven reports back to March 2009, plus analysis and critique of federal budgets for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


From TD Economics:
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

Government Budget Season Comes A-Knockin' Again (PDF - 768K, 8 pages)
http://goo.gl/aSIYd
February 12, 2013
This report outlines ten themes that we expect to play out during the upcoming budget season. While each government faces different challenges, the high-level themes presented should be relevant for most 2013 budgets.
1. There is no economic boom on the near-term horizon
2. Some provinces to cross over into surplus territory
3. Significant tax changes to be few and far between
4. Need for additional belt-tightening if deficit reduction timetables are not changed
5. Leaner health care and education, but both to reign supreme
6. Enduring need to articulate a credible, medium-term fiscal plan
7. Public sector compensation and labour negotiation file to remain active
8. Infrastructure: one of the elephants in the room
9. Political uncertainty lingers under the surface
10. Long-term visions continuing to emerge

Economic Club of Canada Address Highlights Priorities of Economic Action Plan 2014
January 14, 2014

Economic Club of Canada Address Highlights Priorities of Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-004-eng.asp
January 14, 2014
Toronto, Ontario
In a speech to Toronto’s business community, Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today outlined the Harper Government’s key priorities in shaping Economic Action Plan 2014, its low-tax plan for creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

Related Products:

* Canada Ends 2013 Among the Top Growing Economies of the G-7
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-173-eng.asp
December 31, 2013

* Finance Minister Highlights Canada’s Economic Achievements in 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-171-eng.asp
December 31, 2013

* Balancing act: If Canada wants to prosper, it needs to stay on firm fiscal footing
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-167-eng.asp
December 12, 2013

Source:
Department of Finance

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp


Revised Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) Outlook and
Assessment of the 2013 Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections - December 5

From the
Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO):

Revised PBO Outlook and Assessment of
the 2013 Update of Economic and Fiscal
Projections
(PDF - 796K, 16 pages)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Revised_EFOU_2013.pdf ]
December 5, 2013
This report updates PBO’s economic and fiscal outlook to include recent policy decisions and the updated Public Accounts of Canada 2013. This report also compares Finance Canada’s projections with PBO’s and discusses the assumptions and methodologies that drive their similarities and differences.

Background:

On October 28, following the publication of PBO’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook Update 2013 (PDF - 888K, 17 pages):
[ http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/EFOU_2013_EN.pdf ]

... Finance Canada released its 2013 Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections:
[ http://www.fin.gc.ca/efp-pef/2013/index-eng.asp ] - November 12, 2013

Source:
Parliamentary Budget Office
(PBO)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/

The mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.

How Harper can avoid turning a Budget Implementation Bill into a Duffy budget bill - November 27
(By Armine Yalnizyan in the Progressive Economics Forum)

How Harper can avoid turning a Budget Implementation Bill into a Duffy budget bill
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/11/27/how-harper-can-avoid-turning-a-budget-implementation-bill-into-a-duffy-budget-bill/
Posted by Armine Yalnizyan under Conservative government, democracy, federal budget, fiscal policy, immigration, labour market, Role of government.
November 27, 2013
On November 25th, Armine made the following submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2, on behalf of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Excerpt:
The Supreme Court controversy that led to the measures included in this “budget” implementation bill did not even arise until after the budget was tabled. This bill rewrites the Canada Labour Code and our immigration policies.
That these types of measures have been shoe-horned into a bill that needs to be fast-tracked before Christmas serves as warning: the Government is turning the workhorse of a regular budget implementation bill into a Trojan Horse.Bill C-4 looks alarmingly like a Duffy Budget Bill: stuffed with hidden measures, designed to mislead the public. It can, and should be, amended.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/
The Forum’s general purpose is to promote progressive approaches to economic analysis, policy-making, and activism in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

Related link:

Bill C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/c4/index-eng.asp

Time for Talk, Not Action - November 2013
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Time for Talk, Not Action (PDF - 28K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1023ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson and Chris Atchison
November 2013
In its March 2013 Budget, Ottawa announced the new Canada Job Grant program, promising that the “detailed design” would be negotiated with the provinces “over the next year.” On November 8, 2013, Jason Kenney, the new Minister of Employment and Social Development, finally found the time to meet with his provincial counterparts. This op ed, originally published in the Vancouver Sun on November 7, 2013, reviews the problems inherent in the Canada Job Grant and the implications of funding the new program through cutting employability and training for vulnerable populations. It argues that the federal government should now work with the provinces to redesign the program.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

 

Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections - November 12, 2013
(Finance Canada)

Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections - Finance Canada

Harper Government Right on Track for Balanced Budget in 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-147-eng.asp
Edmonton, Alberta
November 12, 2013

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released the annual Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, which confirms that the Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015, with an expected surplus of $3.7 billion in 2015–16.

Related Documents:

Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
http://www.fin.gc.ca/efp-pef/2013/index-eng.asp

Frequently Asked Questions: Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afc/faq/efp-pef-eng.asp

Audio-Visual Presentation by Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty
http://www.fin.gc.ca/news-nouvelles/video/13-002-eng.asp

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 - October 22
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government Focused on Job Creation and Economic Growth with Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-137-eng.asp
October 22, 2013
News Release
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today introduced the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2. The Act implements key measures from Economic Action Plan 2013, as well as certain previously announced tax measures, to help create jobs, stimulate economic growth and secure Canada’s long-term prosperity.

Measures in the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 aimed at spurring job creation and economic growth include:
*
Providing support for job creators
* Closing tax loopholes and combating tax evasion
* Respecting taxpayers’ dollars

Related Documents:

Economic Action Plan 2013
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6263082

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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Harper Government on Track for Balanced Budget in 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-138-eng.asp
October 22, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2012–13. The report shows the continued downward track of Canada’s annual deficit. In 2012–13, the deficit fell to $18.9 billion. This was down by more than one-quarter ($7.4 billion) from the deficit of $26.3 billion in 2011–12 and down by nearly two-thirds from the $55.6-billion deficit recorded in 2009–10.

Related Documents:

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada: Fiscal Year 2012-2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afr-rfa/2013/index-eng.asp

Fiscal Reference Tables – October 2013
http://www.fin.gc.ca/frt-trf/2013/frt-trf-13-eng.asp

Frequently Asked Questions About the Annual Financial Report
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/data/13-138_1-eng.asp

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

Federal Govt. tables Ways and Means Motion - October 19, 2013

Minister Aglukkaq Tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement Remaining Tax Measures From Economic Action Plan 2013 and Other Previously Announced Tax Measures
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-136-eng.asp
News Release
October 18, 2013
The Notice of Ways and Means Motion includes:
* Supporting Jobs and Growth
* Improving Tax Fairness

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to amend the Income Tax Act,
the Excise Tax Act and Other Legislation and Explanatory Notes

http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/nwmm-amvm-1013-eng.asp

Source:
Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/

Ontario Budget 2013 - May 2 , 2013

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to amend the Income Tax Act,
the Excise Tax Act and Other Legislation and Explanatory Notes

http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/nwmm-amvm-1013-eng.asp

From the
Ontario Ministry of Finance:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/

May 2, 2013
2013 Ontario Budget

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/
[ Version française:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/fr/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/
]
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers.

2013 Ontario Budget: Highlights
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/budhi.html
[ Version française:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/budhi.html ]
* A PROSPEROUS AND FAIR ONTARIO
* PATH TO BALANCE
* A PLAN FOR JOBS AND GROWTH
* A FAIR SOCIETY
(...) Proposing to Increase Opportunities for People by:
--- Introducing a $200 per month earnings exemption to reduce barriers to employment for social assistance recipients.
--- Increasing social assistance rates, including a top-up for single adults without children receiving Ontario Works.
--- Increasing Ontario Works liquid asset limits to help recipients save and become more financially secure.
--- Supporting greater opportunities for Aboriginal people through direct engagement on social assistance reform, more support for housing as well as transforming services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal children and young people.
* HELPING ONTARIO DRIVERS SAVE MONEY
* ONTARIO TRILLIUM BENEFIT: MORE CHOICE FOR PEOPLE

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Media coverage of the 2013 Ontario Budget

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From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Media and Policy News for 9 May 2013
http://goo.gl/3C8Ep

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Ontario Budget 2013: Coverage

* “Far reaching and fundamental”
* “Heading in the right direction”
* “The right direction, but more work to do”
* “Long awaited improvements to social assistance”
* “A path to transformation”
* “Good news on the poverty front”
* “A lot further than we were last week”
* “A good start”
* "An NDP-ish budget"
* "An overarching emphasis on cutting the deficit"
* "A missed opportunity"
* NDP proposes an independent budgetary watchdog to ensure accountability
* Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer, says it’s a good idea

Ontario Budget 2013: Reactions

* ISAC’s Analysis
* Anglican Diocese Social Justice and Advocacy
* ARCH Disability Law Centre
* Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
* CARP
* Daily Bread Food Bank
* Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
* Hamilton Poverty Roundtable
* ISARC
* OCASI
* Ontario Campaign 2000
* Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
* Ontario Non-Profit Network
* Pathway to Potential
* Poverty Free Ontario
* 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction
* Wellesley Institute

And the Conference Board of Canada notes:
“The only spending category slated to receive any meaningful growth in funding will be social services, reflecting the government’s planned increases to social assistance and its plan to increase the Ontario Child Benefit in 2013 and 2014.”

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to October 29, 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2, 2012, includes the table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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From
CBC News - Toronto:

Ontario Liberals' fate over budget hangs on NDP
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/05/02/ontario-budget.html
Ontario's governing Liberals delivered a budget with few surprises on Thursday afternoon, though it was clear they paid close attention to the demands of the New Democrats whose support will be needed for it to pass.

Related Stories
from CBC News - Toronto:
[For links to the articles below, click the link above and select an article in the left margin of the page.]

* Budget statements by leaders of the NDP (Andrea Horwath) and the Ontario PCs (Tim Hudak)
* Finance Minister Charles Sousa's budget speech
* Ontario budget: Highlights and key figures
* Four key questions about the coming Ontario budget
* Ontario budget will drop auto insurance premiums 15%
* Ontario Liberals seek support on youth employment, budget
* Ontario Liberals won't be 'held hostage' by budget demands

Source:
CBC News - Toronto:
http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/news/

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From
CTV Toronto:

Ontario budget 2013: Liberals spend nearly $1B to satisfy NDP, stay alive
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-budget-2013
The Liberals unveiled a budget Thursday designed to keep their minority government in power, meeting many NDP demands but vowing to remain on target to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18

- incl. links to extensive budget coverage...

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From the
Globe and Mail:

Ontario NDP push Liberals after provincial budget
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-ndp-push-liberals-after-provincial-budget/article11717777/
By Adrian Morrow
May 3, 2013
Ontario’s New Democrats have hardened their demands from Premier Kathleen Wynne a day after the provincial budget, telling the government it must build measurable targets into its fiscal plan. Ms. Wynne’s minority Liberals gave the left-wing party nearly everything it asked for in the budget, with promises to slash auto-insurance premiums by 15 per cent, pump money into home care and increase benefits for welfare recipients. But NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Ms. Wynne has to put mechanisms in the budget to ensure the new spending actually meets the NDP’s goals.
- also includes links to the following articles:
* NDP demands accountability in Ontario budget
* Ontario unveils budget, opposition support not clear
* Ontario budget sees 2013-14 deficit of C$11.7 billion

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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From the
Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/

Ontario budget: Kathleen Wynne rules out big changes to appease NDP
http://goo.gl/qh60A
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath plans to talk to Ontarians before she sits down with Premier Kathleen Wynne to announce whether the New Democrats will prop up the Liberals.

Ontario budget 2013: Changes to social assistance ‘far-reaching and fundamental’
http://goo.gl/OecQP
The Ontario Liberals’ budget includes $400 million over three years to begin transforming the welfare system. Anti-poverty activists are welcoming the Wynne government’s “first steps” to transform Ontario’s $8.3 billion welfare system into a program that helps more people, including the disabled, escape poverty through employment.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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From the
Toronto Sun:

Ontario Liberal budget drives debt up another $40B over two years
http://www.torontosun.com/2013/05/02/ontario-liberals-unveil-provincial-budget
TORONTO - Ontario’s scandal-plagued Liberal government plans to drive up debt by more than $40 billion over the next two years. Finance Minister Charles Sousa introduced a budget Thursday calculated to appease the NDP, avoid an election and maintain minority Premier Kathleen Wynne’s grasp on power.

More Sun Coverage of the 2013 Ontario Budget
Click the link above, then select one of the following articles.
* Ontario's finances in a mess thanks to Liberals' make-believe budgets
* Snapshot of 2013 Ontario budget
* Time to judge the Liberals
* NDP won’t defeat the Liberals’ budget
* Rob Ford both 'happy' and 'somewhat concerned' about Ontario budget
* Horwath says she'll follow what Ontarians tell her about budget
* Rob Ford 'disappointed' no subway money in Wynne's budget
* NDP Leader Andrea Horwath needs to grow up and make a decision
* Nothing Liberals promise should be trusted

Source:
Toronto Sun:
http://www.torontosun.com/

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Analysis/critique of the 2013 Ontario Budget

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Ontario Budget 2013 Analysis:

Establishing a ‘Goldilocks Standard’ for people earning money
while receiving social assistance : What should we make of the Ontario Budget
measure to exempt the first $200 in earnings?
(PDF - 124K, 8 pages)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/How-should-we-think-about-the-earnings-of-social-assistance-recipients.pdf
By John Stapleton
May 2013
(...)
Depending what bothers governments most about the current system of incentives tends to guide how they deal with the earnings exemptions each will implement. But Kathleen Wynne has followed the case made in Brighter Prospects in a fairly sensible way and one that will make even more sense should minimum wages be raised. She is recognizing the need to get into work force, to stay in the work force and to pay attention to politically contentious ‘surface’ equity issues respecting the working poor. All in all, she is making a reasonable start under the circumstances.

Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)

http://openpolicyontario.com/

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

Budget 2013 Analysis:
Moving Forward on Social Assistance Reform
(Word file - 81K, 3 pages)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/BudgetAnalysis2013.doc
Budget 2013 has begun to make positive changes to a social assistance system that has continued to impoverish and cause hardship for low-income Ontarians.As a package, these changes don't make major progress toward improving the lives of people on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), but do represent positive steps toward making the systemic changes that are required.

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/
The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.

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From
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction:

Anti-Poverty Advocates: Budget Makes Progress Towards Poverty Reduction
http://25in5.ca/press-release-anti-poverty-advocates-budget-makes-progress-towards-poverty-reduction/
Press Release
May 3, 2013
Anti-poverty advocates expressed optimism that today’s budget renews Ontario’s commitment to reducing poverty and building a fairer and more prosperous province.
- includes info on the more significant changes affecting individuals and families in receipt of social assistance.

Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction

http://25in5.ca/
25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty.

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From the
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP):

Wynne's First Budget - More Austerity and Deeper Poverty:
2013-2014 Ontario Provincial Budget Breakdown by OCAP

http://www.ocap.ca/node/1077
May 2, 2013
OCAP had no great expectations that the 'Social Justice Premier's' first Budget would give poor communities in Ontario much reason to celebrate. We are surprised, however, at just how shamelessly she has continued to push people into deeper poverty.
Key Highlights
• Deficit projected at $9.8 billion. Corporate tax cuts alone have contributed $8.5 billion or approximately 87% of this deficit. The tax cuts have not created new jobs – unemployment remains high, at 7.7%
• Ontario now spends less on programs per capita than any other province
• Cabinet Committee will work this year to implement the austerity recommendations of the SARC report, most of which echo the Drummond report. If the government follows through on these plans, 2014 will likely see major, devastating changes to social assistance, especially ODSP.
• Social assistance rates will increase by 1%, with a top up of $14 for single people on OW. This is less than inflation, so it is a cut when cost of living is factored in.
• Everyone on OW and ODSP can now keep up to $200 per month of their earnings, but earnings above $200 will be clawed back by 50%.
• Single adults can now keep $2500 of their assets when going on to OW. Couples can now keep $5000.
• Government is working hard to push people with disabilities into low wage work. Committed to working with private sector to find jobs for people on ODSP – given how inaccessible society is, these will mostly be low paying, precarious jobs.
• They are moving ahead with 60% of the austerity recommendations in the Drummond Report
• Government boasts of keeping public sector wages down. Promises to freeze wages until deficit is eliminated. Looking to cut 1500 jobs from public sector.

Source:
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
http://www.ocap.ca/
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people.

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From the
Ontario Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Ontario Budget 2013: Four More Years of Austerity
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/four-more-years-austerity
May 2, 2013
By Hugh Mackenzie and Trish Hennessy
All budgets are political in nature, but Ontario’s 2013 budget – tabled by a minority government with a new leader – stands out as a case in point: it is carefully designed to survive a non-confidence vote. It extends a few olive branches to the opposition NDP. A promise to reduce auto insurance premiums by 15%. Increases in spending on home care, youth unemployment and infrastructure in rural areas and the north. Restructuring the Employer Health Tax to claw back the small business reduction from large corporations.

Source:
Ontario Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario
of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario:

Liberals' 2013 budget insults hundreds of thousands living in poverty:
Business keeps getting $8.5 billion in annual tax cuts, but Ontario's poor
get tiny rate increases that are wiped out by inflation and rent increases

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1786186.htm
May 2, 2013
The Liberal 2013 budget insults hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty in Ontario by continuing $8.5 billion in annual tax cuts for corporations, while providing minuscule social assistance rate "increases" that are wiped out by inflation and rent increases, anti-poverty activists with the Raise the Rates campaign said today.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

http://cupe.ca/ontario

Raise the Rates! Fight Poverty!
http://www.cupe.on.ca/raisetherates
CUPE Ontario is working in solidarity with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty [ http://www.ocap.ca/ ] and other partners, including the Public Service Alliance of Canada-Ontario [ http://ontario.psac.com/ ], to "Raise the Rates" of social assistance in our province.

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From the
Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction:

Ontario Budget 2013: Poverty Reduction Must Remain the Priority
http://hamiltonpoverty.ca/?p=694
May 2, 2013
Budget commitments a start… Poverty Reduction must remain the priority.
Several poverty-related measures were announced in today’s Ontario budget: including increasing social assistance rates by 1% (as well as an additional $14 monthly increase for singles on Ontario Works) and increasing earnings exemptions for those on social assistance that are able to work. However, the changes do not go far enough to address the crisis facing many families in Ontario living who live in deep poverty.

Source:
Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

http://hamiltonpoverty.ca/

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From
TD Bank Economics:

Four More Years of Deficit to go (PDF - 700K, 5 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/on2013.pdf
May 2, 2013
(...) It was slightly more than a year ago when the Drummond Commission released its report of Ontario’s fiscal future if the situation was left unchanged. Last year’s budget set 50% of the Commission’s recommendations into motion. This year’s budget picks up where last year’s left off as the government
continues its push towards deficit elimination in fiscal 2017-18.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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Once-in-a-generation chance to modernize welfare lost: Goar
Premier Kathleen Wynne wanted to be the ‘social justice premier’ but ended up tinkering with the status quo.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/05/06/onceinageneration_chance_to_modernize_welfare_lost_goar.html
By Carol Goar
May 6, 2013
Ontario’s best hope of creating a modern, humane social assistance system has expired.
Thursday’s provincial budget was its last gasp. Premier Kathleen Wynne wanted to do the right thing. She was prepared to take a political risk for the 850,000 Ontarians struggling to get by on subsistence-level welfare payments. But three months into the job, she realized there was no realistic prospect of “charting a new course on social assistance” as a far-sighted provincial commission proposed. Even the people she aimed to help were balking.
So the premier took the safe, conventional route. She made a couple of minor changes to the existing program. They won’t break the bank or ruffle many feathers. In fact, most Ontarians won’t notice them at all. It was exactly the same strategy her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, had followed.

So who really lost in the 2013 Ontario Budget?
(...)
Social assistance recipients themselves — although few recognize it. Wynne was ready to offer them a $100-a-month boost to the lowest welfare rate ($606 per month) plus the two measures in Sousa’s budget. Instead, they lobbied for — and got — a stay of execution for the Special Diet Allowance
[ http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/special_diet_apply.aspx ]
...(which will be whittled back anyway) and a continuation of the two-tier benefit structure put in place by former premier Mike Harris in 1997* so he could slash welfare rates without being accused of punishing the sick and injured."

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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* COMMENT (by Gilles) :
It's not often that I find a factual error in a Carol Goar article, but I really must jump in here with my welfare historian hat on. In the above excerpt, Ms Goar refers to "the continuation of the two-tier benefit structure" (i.e., lower benefit levels for employable clients) that was put in place by the Harris government in 1997. In fact, the two-tier welfare benefit structure was put in place a few generations ago, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with the implementation of the Ontario Family Benefits Act and General Welfare Assistance Act.

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2013 Ontario Speech from the Throne

Ontario's Liberal government won't fall on throne speech
But further New Democratic Party support will depend on budget

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/02/18/ontario-throne-speech-kathleen-wynne.html
February 19, 2013
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's minority Liberal government presented a legislative plan Tuesday that won the temporary support of the NDP, ensuring its survival for now. New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath said the throne speech was vague, but showed some promise. (...) According to the speech, the governing Liberals intend to remain focused on creating jobs and improving the economy, while ensuring that opportunities are extended to all Ontarians.
NOTE : To read the complete text of the 2013 Ontario Speech from the Throne, click the link above and then scroll to the bottom of the article, just before the "Comments" section.

Source:
CBC News
Toronto
http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/

Related links:

From
25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction:

Take Action on Budget 2013!
http://25in5.ca/2013-budget-can-allow-ontarians-living-on-low-incomes-to-earn-more-keep-more-and-see-benefits-restored/
February 19, 2013
Ontario is facing an historic opportunity to invest in poverty reduction in the 2013 budget. We can’t let this opportunity to pass us by.
The 2013 Budget can allow Ontarians living on low-incomes to Earn More, Keep More and see benefits Restored.
A recent letter sent by the 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction urges all political parties to make minority government work for all Ontarians by investing in poverty reduction initiatives.

Achieve Ontario's Poverty Reduction Target:
http://25in5.ca/earnmorekeepmorerestore/

* EARN MORE : Work should be a way out of poverty, not a trap into it.
* KEEP MORE : For people on social assistance, it's impossible to get ahead when the little you have is taken away.
* RESTORE : It's hard to reach your fullpotential on an empty stomach or in inadequate housing.

TAKE ACTION!
http://25in5.ca/1045-2/
Send an e-postcard to Premier Kathleen Wynne, PC Leader Tim Hudak, and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to remind them to fulfill
their commitment to reduce child poverty by 25% in Ontario by the end of 2013.

Source:
25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction

http://25in5.ca/
The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network of groups and individuals working province wide to eliminate poverty in Ontario

Manitoba Budget 2013 - April 16, 2013

Budget 2013 - Focused on what matters most to families
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget13/index.html
April 16, 2013
- incl. budget highlights and links to all budget papers

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News Releases

* Budget 2013 protects families, economy against global uncertainty, repeated flooding
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=2013-04-01&item=17202
News Release
April 16, 2013
Today’s budget will keep building a better Manitoba for today and the long term by focusing on the things that matter most to families, Finance Minister Stan Struthers announced today. Budget 2013 and a new Building and Renewal Plan will protect families, businesses and Manitoba’s economy against increasingly frequent flooding and global economic uncertainty, he said.

* Budget 2013: Building Manitoba Roads, Highways, Bridges
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=2013-04-01&item=17203
April 17, 2013
Record Investments in Highways, New Programs to Support Municipal Street Improvements: Premier

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Budget Papers

http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget13/papers.html
Economic Review and Outlook
Manitoba's North
Growing Rural Manitoba - Investing in Sustainable Growth Opportunities
Supplementary Financial Information
Taxation Adjustments
The Manitoba Advantage

Update on Fiscal Arrangements (PDF - 164K, 12 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget13/papers/fiscal_arrangements.pdf
The federal government made a commitment in both its 2006 and 2007 budgets to work with provincial and territorial governments. (...) Unfortunately, these promises have been followed by a series of unilateral changes that are acting to erode important fiscal arrangements that support the things that matter most to Manitobans.
CURRENT TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS
* Major Transfers to Provinces and Territories
* Recent Changes to Major Transfers
* Implications of the Federal Government’s Plan for the Renewal of the Major Transfers to the Provinces
* Other Transfers to Provinces and Territories
* Transfers to Persons
CONCLUSION
Appendix: DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR FEDERAL TRANSFERS TO PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES........

Budget Paper E:
Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion
(PDF - 164K, 10 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget13/papers/poverty.pdf
(...)
In early 2013, the Manitoba government held consultations across the province to hear from Manitobans about these priorities and the best ways to invest in poverty reduction and social inclusion. (...) Later in 2013, a report back to Manitobans about what was heard, and the final action plans, will be published, which will guide government’s poverty reduction and social inclusion initiatives until 2016. The Manitoba government is committed to ongoing community engagement, including reaching out to those living in poverty, as these action plans are developed and implemented.
(...)
Based on the feedback and priorities identified through consultations on the preliminary All Aboard Action Plans, Budget 2013 responds with targeted initiatives that aim to:
• increase and sustain the supply of rental housing;
• enhance income supports and income tax credits;
• strengthen training and workforce development supports; and
• improve access to child care.

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Previous Manitoba Budgets
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/provincialbudgets.html

Source:
Manitoba Finance
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/

Related link:

ALL Aboard
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/
Manitoba's poverty reduction and social inclusion strategy

See also the Manitoba section of the
Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm


Budget analysis and critique

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From the
Winnipeg Free Press:

PST rises to 8% in Manitoba's 2013 budget
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/PST-rises-to-8-in-Manitobas-2013-budget-203262521.html
By Bartley Kives
April 16, 2013
- includes two embedded videos and links to 18 related articles.

Panned on poverty:
Advocates see little help for low-income Manitobans

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/panned-on-poverty-203344311.html
By Bruce Owen
April 17, 2013
Despite some retooling to give people on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) an extra $20 a month, they say that's not enough to help the province's poor and least able.

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From
CBC News:

Manitoba to hike PST to 8%
Officials say increase will go entirely to infrastructure spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/16/mb-budget-manitoba-2013-main.html
By Teghan Beaudette
April 16, 2013

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From
TD Bank Economics:

Manitoba tacks on two more deficit years to its fiscal plan (PDF - 636K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/mb2013.pdf
April 16, 2013

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

Nova Scotia Budget 2013 - April 4, 2013

Nova Scotia Budget 2013-2014
http://novascotia.ca/budget/
April 4, 2013
Budget home page, includes links to budget themes (Creating Good Jobs - Better Care Sooner - Making Life More Affordable) and links to more info for specific groups (Seniors - Families - Students - Business)

Budget 2013 Brings Province Back to Balance
http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20130404001
News Release
April 4, 2013
Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald tabled a balanced 2013-14 provincial budget today, April 4.
(...)
Some key initiatives from Budget 2013-14 include:
-- reducing small business tax rates for the fourth year in a row, to three per cent
-- funding insulin pumps and supplies for youth up to 19, and supplies for insulin pumps for people younger than 25
-- expanding dental coverage for children by four years to allow children 13 or younger to receive universal dental coverage for checkups and treatment
-- expanding newborn screening to include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and eight other conditions
-- providing personal income tax relief to low-income seniors with a new non-refundable Age Amount tax credit
-- helping students succeed in math with curriculum improvements in grades primary to 3 and 10, doubling the time Grade 10 students learn math
-- targeted school board funding to support students with special needs, including plans to hire 25 new program and support staff, psychologists and speech language pathologists
(...)

Budget Documents
http://novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2011_2013.aspx
- links to all budget documents, some of which appear below.

Budget Bulletins (excerpt from the link above):
Back to Balance - Better Care Sooner - Creating Good Jobs - Focus on Women - Kids and Learning First - Making Life More Affordable - Tax Measures

Budget Highlights (PDF - 916K, 6 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Budget_Highlights.pdf

Budget Assumptions and Schedules (PDF - 3.5MB, 91 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Budget_Assumptions_And_Schedules.pdf

Estimates and Supplementary Detail (PDF - 9.7MB, 198 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Estimates_and_Supplementary_Detail.pdf

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Budget Address (PDF - 280K, 20 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2013/Budget_Address.pdf

Source:
Nova Scotia Department of Finance

http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/

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CBC Budget analysis

Nova Scotia delivers balanced budget, thin surplus
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/04/04/ns-budget-2013.html
April 4, 2013
Nova Scotia's finance minister presented a balanced budget on Thursday with a slim surplus of $16.4 million, fulfilling a modified promise the New Democratic Party made more than three years ago to return the province to the black.

Opposition doubts budget is balanced:
'These numbers are made up, quite frankly'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/04/04/ns-opposition-doubts.html
April 4, 2013

Balancing the budget falls on taxpayers, says advocate:
Restaurant spokesman lukewarm towards small business tax cut

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/04/05/ns-budget-taxpayers-small-business.html
April 5, 2013

Source:
CBC Nova Scotia
http://www.cbc.ca/ns/

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From
TD Bank Economics:

DESPITE WEAKER HAND-OFF, BALANCED BUDGET
TARGET REMAINS IN PLACE
(PDF - 648K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/ns2013.pdf

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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From Huffington Post Canada:

Nova Scotia Budget 2013:
NDP Government Tables $16-Million Surplus

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/04/nova-scotia-budget-2013_n_3015774.html
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's NDP government tabled a slim surplus Thursday of $16.4 million, offering a smattering of small populist measures in what's expected to be its last budget before the next provincial election.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

Prince Edward Island Budget 2013 - March 27, 2013

Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget 2013
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
The 2013-2014 Provincial Budget for Prince Edward Island was presented by Hon. Wes Sheridan, Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs and Chair of Treasury Board on March 27, 2013.
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents, some of which appear below

Budget documents

* News Release:
Budget 2013-2014 continues plan to invest in healthcare, education and growing the Island economy

http://www.gov.pe.ca/newsroom/index.php?number=news&newsnumber=8898&dept=&lang=E
March 27, 2013
With this budget, Government continues its plan to modernize health care services, build a more effective education system, and grow the Island economy, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.

* Budget Address (PDF - 616K, 24 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budget13.pdf
(...) Based on consultations with Islanders, Government established a three-year plan to reduce poverty. The Social Action Plan was released in May 2012. To continue to support the needs of low-income Islanders and vulnerable persons, the Budget for the Department of Community Services and Seniors will increase by $4.4 million. Government will now be in a better position to provide for improvements in social programs. [Budget Address, p.11]

* Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure (PDF - 3.3MB, 169 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bgtestim13.pdf


* Background Notes on the Economy (PDF - 1.2MB, 17 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bgtpaper13.pdf
This document is an update of the economic situation of the Province since the release of the Fall Economic Update. Primarily, this document is a retrospective on the economic performance of the preceding year.

* Previous Budgets
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/index.php3?number=1042604&lang=E

Source:
Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs
http://www.gov.pe.ca/finance/index.php3

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Budget analysis and critique:

From CBC News:

P.E.I. misses deficit target by $25M
New three-year plan presented with 2013-14 budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2013/03/27/pei-provincial-budget-584.html
Kevin Yarr
March 27, 2013
- includes links to several related CBC stories

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From
TD Bank Economics:

All Primed and Ready for the HST (small PDF file)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/pe2013.pdf
March 27, 2013
The Prince Edward Island (PEI) government anticipates a $69 million deficit for fiscal 2012-13, much better than what was forecast at the time of the 2012 budget. (...) In spite of the improved starting point, the deficit reduction timetable has been extended one year to fiscal 2015-16. In the interim, deficits ranging from $35-59 million are forecast.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2013 - March 26, 2013

From the Government of
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL):

Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2013/exec/0326n02.htm
March 26, 2013
News Release
Building on the strength of the economy and government’s continued commitment to sound fiscal management, the Dunderdale Government today released Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future. Budget 2013 outlines year one of Securing the Future: A 10-Year Sustainability Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today.

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2013
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/
- Main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Speech
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/speech/default.htm

Budget Highlights
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/highlights/default.htm

Estimates
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/estimates/default.htm

News Releases
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/releases/default.htm

Past budgets
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/

Source:
Executive Council
Finance

http://www.gov.nl.ca/fin

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Spending on Social Programs in the 2013 Budget
Our government is also very proud of our support for, and spending on, social
programs. The following are examples of progressive social investments by our government:
• An annual investment of $149 million in 2013-14 in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Some examples of PRS initiatives include expansion of the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program to include lowincome residents, creation of the Supportive Living Community Partnership Program to help community-based organizations address homelessness and introduction of the Job Start Benefit Program to assist people leaving Income Support for work
(...)
Source:

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Budget analysis and critique:

From CBC News:

Newfoundland and Labrador chopping 1,200 positions to rein in deficit
Projected $1.6B shortfall drops to $563.8M, mostly due to oil
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/03/26/nl-budget-live-coverage-326.html
By Rob Antle
March 26, 2013

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From
TD Bank Economics:

Securing the Future : 10-Year Sustainability Plan (PDF - 628K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nl2013.pdf
(...)
Like other resource-reliant provinces, the Newfoundland and Labrador fiscal plan has been sensitive to fluctuations in the performance of its oil and gas sector. In an
attempt to mitigate against this volatility, the government tabled a plan to ensure a sustainable future. Areas to be focused upon range from deficit reduction, government program reviews and a competitive tax environment. For net debt, the government commits to reducing net debt per capita to the all-province average within 10 years.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

New Brunswick 2013 Budget - March 26, 2013

New Brunswick 2013 Budget - March 26, 2013

From the Government of
New Brunswick:

2013-2014 Budget
http://www.gnb.ca/0024/index-e.asp
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

Budget addresses deficit and economy through balanced approach
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2013.03.0255.html
26 March 2013
News Release
The provincial government today tabled its 2013-14 budget, which makes strategic investments to strengthen the economy while addressing the provincial deficit with spending efficiencies and revenue initiatives.
- includes a backgrounder on the following topics:
* Citizen engagement * Managing smarter with increased accountability * Managing human resources smarter * Finding efficiencies through continuous improvement and performance excellence * Managing smarter by realigning revenues with spending * Multi-year plan toward balanced budgets

Budget Speech (PDF - 576K, 31 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/Budget_2013-14_Final-E.pdf

Economic Outlook (PDF - 288K, 12 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/2013-14EconOut_E_Final.pdf

Main Estimates (PDF - 2.5MB, 280 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/ME2013-14.pdf

Previous budgets
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/Budgets-e.asp

Source:
New Brunswick Department of Finance
http://www.gnb.ca/finance

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Budget analysis and critique:

From
TD Bank Economics:

An improving fiscal plan with expenditure
restraints and tax increases at its core
(PDF - 624K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nb2013.pdf
(...)
The New Brunswick has a daunting fiscal challenge at present – its deficits are large relative to the size of the economy and net debt as a share of GDP has increased by more than ten percentage points over the past five years.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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From
CBC News:

Budget 2013 : New Brunswick
http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/budget2013/
- links to budget and pre-budget media coverage, such as:

Higgs hikes personal, corporate taxes in budget
Tobacco taxes also increase at midnight

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/03/26/nb-budget-income-corporate-taxes.html
By Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon
March 26, 2013
Most New Brunswickers will help shoulder the burden of fighting the provincial deficit through personal and corporate income tax increases, starting this summer, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs announced during the 2013-14 budget speech on Tuesday.

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From
Global News:

Highlights of the 2013-2014 budget for New Brunswick
http://globalnews.ca/news/429934/highlights-of-the-2013-2014-budget-for-new-brunswick/

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

FEDERAL BUDGET 2013 - March 21, 2013

FEDERAL BUDGET 2013 - March 21, 2013

ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN 2013*
JOBS, GROWTH AND LONG-TERM PROSPERITY
[* formerly known as the federal budget. ]
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/home-accueil-eng.html
- Main budget 2013 page, incl. links to all budget documents, some of which appear below.
Click the above link to see the complete budget package.
Scroll down the page for links to:
Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity

* Strengthening the Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector
* The New Building Canada Plan
* The Canada Job Grant: Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs
* Improving the Integrity of the Tax System

Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity the Top Priority of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/nrc/2013-03-21-eng.html
News Release
March 21, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today unveiled the next phase of the Harper Government’s plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013. While the Government remains squarely focused on balancing the budget during this Parliament, the Economic Action Plan introduces, among other things, a bold and innovative skills training initiative, the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canadian history, and significant new investments to support manufacturing and innovation in Canada.
(...)
Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 is an intentional and deliberate low-tax plan to control spending and keep the Government on track to balance the budget by 2015. In fact, this plan contains the smallest increase in discretionary spending in nearly 20 years.

Budget in Brief
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/bb/brief-bref-eng.html

The Budget Speech
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/speech-discours/index-eng.html

The 2013 Budget Plan
HTML version : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html
PDF version (9.1MB, 442 pages) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/plan/budget2013-eng.pdf

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Economic Developments and Prospects
Chapter 3: Supporting Jobs and Growth
Chapter 3.1: Connecting Canadians With Available Jobs
Chapter 3.2: Helping Manufacturers and Businesses Succeed in the Global Economy
Chapter 3.3: The New Building Canada Plan
Chapter 3.4: Investing in World-Class Research and Innovation
Chapter 3.5: Supporting Families and Communities
Chapter 4: Plan to Return to Budget Balance and Fiscal Outlook
Chapter 4.1: Plan to Return to Budget Balance
Chapter 4.2: Fiscal Planning Framework
Annex 1: Debt Management Strategy for 2013–14
Annex 2: Tax Measures: Supplementary Information and Notices of Ways and Means Motions
Annex 2.2: Tax Measures: Supplementary Information and Notices of Ways and Means Motions

Related link:

Canada's Economic Action Plan
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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June 1 (2013) addendum:

Harper Government Supports Full Potential of
Canadians with Disabilities Through Canada's Economic Action Plan

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-078-eng.asp
May 31, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, issued the following statement recognizing Disability Awareness Week (May 26-June 1):

“Disability Awareness Week offers Canadians an important opportunity to reflect on the varied and significant contributions that Canadians with disabilities make to our country each and every day, and the importance of helping to ensure that they and their families can participate to their fullest in the promise our country has to offer."

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

Comment by Gilles:
I find it curious (spelled "B-L-A-S-É") that Finance Canada waited until the end of Disability Awareness Week to issue a news release promoting Disability Awareness Week.

Federal Government Services for People with Disabilities
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/audiences/disabilities/

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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Supports for individuals and families, funding programs, disability resources and Grant and Bond Issuers

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/

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Reforming Labour Market Agreements for Persons With Disabilities
http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/reforming-labour-market-agreements-persons
From Economic Action Plan (federal budget) 2013

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

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Canada positioned to create more jobs and growth
with Royal Assent of the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-090-eng.asp
June 26, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, welcomed Royal Assent of Bill C-60, the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1, which brings into law key measures from Economic Action Plan 2013
(...)
Key elements of the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1 that will position Canada for long-term success include:
--- Extending for two years the temporary accelerated capital cost allowance for new investments in machinery and equipment by Canadian manufacturers.
--- Reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure that Canadians are given the first opportunity at available jobs.
--- Promoting adoption by enhancing the Adoption Expense Tax Credit to better recognize the costs of adopting a child.
--- Introducing a new, temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit for first-time claimants of the Charitable Donations Tax Credit to encourage all young Canadians to donate to charity.
--- Improving the fairness of the tax system.

Related Documents:

Economic Action Plan 2013 (Budget 2013 Web site):
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/home-accueil-eng.html

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1 (LEGISinfo)
http://parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6108103
- incl. links to the text of Bill C-60 and links related to the legislative process from first draft to Royal Assent on June 26, 2013.
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Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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Budget analysis and critique

From TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget:

Canada's Long-Run Economic Action Plan : The Sequel (PDF - 728K, 5 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/FederalBudget2013.pdf
March 21, 2013

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From CBC :
Jim Flaherty's wish-list budget

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/03/21/f-vp-weston-budget-2013.html
By Greg Weston
March 22, 2013
Canadians hoping the federal budget would explain exactly how the Harper government is planning to spend all the money it filches from their weekly paycheques might as well hit themselves over the head with a duty-free cricket bat. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's eighth (and possibly last) budget eliminates the import duties on baby clothes and a wide range of sporting goods from skates and skis to cricket bats. That much of the budget is clear. The rest, not so much.

Federal budget at a glance:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/budget-2013/

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From CTV:

Budget 2013: Focus on jobs training, infrastructure
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/budget-2013

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is promising to balance the books without delving deeper into government coffers, by shuffling resources to boost skills training, infrastructure projects and the manufacturing industry.

Ottawa budget creates $241M workfare program for First Nations youth
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/ottawa-budget-creates-241m-workfare-program-for-first-nations-youth-1.1205676
A major budget initiative to make social assistance for First Nations youth contingent on entering into a training program is likely to get a rough ride on reserves, the NDP says. Making good on a promise from last year, this year's budget puts $241 million over five years into training programs for young people collecting income assistance. Half the money will go to setting up the program on reserves, and the other half will only be accessible if welfare recipients agree to participate in the program.

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From CPAC:

2013 Federal Budget Highlights
http://www.cpac.ca/eng/today-in-politics/2013-budget-highlights
* Flaherty continues to promise balanced budget by 2015
* Focus on skills training and apprenticeships to tackle job vacancies
* $47 billion in new infrastructure funding
* Plans to recoup lost tax income from evasion and loopholes
* Balancing the Books
* Skills Training
* Infrastructure
* Industrial Aid
* Defence and Procurement
* Tax Loopholes and Evasion
* First Nations
* Immigration

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From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

The Skilled Budget
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1007
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
March 2013
Skills and training comprise the centerpiece of the federal Budget 2013. But the federal document is also a skilled Budget. The government has been training Canadians for quite some time – to dampen our expectations. The purpose of creating a scarcity mindset is to set the stage. The ground work was so carefully laid that Canadians were primed to expect doom and gloom. Any announcement actually made is hailed as nothing short of miraculous.

A Filmflam Budget (PDF - 28K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1008ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson
April 2013
The recent federal Budget argued that there is a serious 'skills gap' in Canada . The Budget proposed a new Canada Job Grant to help fill that gap. But the Canada Job Grant is a poorly thought-out program and is likely to create no than more than a handful of training programs at best. Since the $300 million funding for the Canada Job Grant is to be taken out of existing provincial training programs, the result may actually be a substantial decrease in training programs in Canada .

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

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From
The Fraser Institute:

Canada’s $6.4 billion corporate welfare budget
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=19509
By Mark Milke
March 24, 2013
If there was a theme in the recent federal budget, it was how chock full it was with new corporate welfare. The underlying refrain was how big government will help big business with your tax dollars.
(...)
Corporate welfare is a politically created illusion with no visible means of support. Economists who study crony capitalism are clear about why it fails: money is taken from taxpayers and productive businesses.
(...)
The official title of Budget 2013 was “Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity.” It should have been “Grants, Subsidies and Eternal Business Handouts.”
It should also have had a price tag attached for taxpayers on the front cover: $6.4 billion in new corporate welfare.

Source:
Fraser Institute

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Cutting infrastructure spending the wrong choice for Canada, says think tank
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/cutting-infrastructure-spending-wrong-choice-canada-says-think-tank
March 21, 2013
News Release
OTTAWA—Despite government claims to the contrary, today’s federal budget actually reduces infrastructure spending, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The Building Canada Fund has been reduced to $210 million in 2014-15 from its previous level of $1.25 billion a year and is back-end loaded, with 75% of expenditures to be spent in or after 2020. All other funding for infrastructure in the federal budget is a re-announcement of pre-existing programs.

Analysis of the 2013 federal budget
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/analysis-2013-federal-budget
March 21, 2013
Links to nine budget analyses by the following CCPA staff,
research associates, and Alternative Federal Budget partners:

*
David Macdonald: Austerity Through Infrastructure Cuts: Budget 2013
* Kate McInturff: New Shoes and a Haircut: Budget 2013 not so pretty for women in Canada
* Andrew Jackson: Budget 2013: Canada needs productivity and sustainability
* Canadian Labour Congress: Analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget
* Canadian Union of Public Employees: Federal Budget 2013 Key Points
* Citizens for Public Justice: Budget 2013: Human development or economic development?
* Canadian Association of Retired Persons: Federal Budget addresses home care and palliative care; financial literacy but little else on priority concerns
* Canadians for Tax Fairness: Tax fairness on the agenda but much more needs to be done
* Campaign 2000: Nothing in the budget for children...
NOTE (by Gilles) : The more traffic there is ("page views") on the above CCPA budget analysis page, the more justification there is to continue this exercise each year. That's why I didn't provide the direct links to each of the above texts (all of which are to external websites) --- as a courtesy to the person/organization who posted the above collection.

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees:

Federal Budget 2013 Key Points
http://cupe.ca/budget/federal-budget-2013-key
March 21, 2013
The 2013 Federal Budget should be a considerable disappointment: it involves essentially no additional funding and actually reduces overall spending in future years—which means this budget will effectively do little or nothing to grow the economy. This budget actually cuts federal infrastructure funding for municipalities and provinces through the Building Canada Fund (BCF) from presently allocated levels by $250 million per year and is back-end loaded so there will be very little available for the next two years.

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From rabble.ca:

Budget 2013: Smoke, mirrors and very few details
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2013/03/budget-2013-smoke-mirrors-and-very-few-details
By Karl Nerenberg
March 22, 2013
Finance Minister Flaherty's budget says newly announced spending cuts will amount to $600 million over six years. On the revenue side, budget 2013 promises that a variety of tax measures, including closing loopholes and cracking down on tax cheaters, will yield an additional $7.9 billion over the next six years. That sounds like a lot of new money coming in, versus spending reductions. But we may have to wait for the fine print in the budget implementation bills to find out how it will all really shake out.

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From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

The Skilled Budget (PDF - 68K, 13 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1007ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
March 2013
Skills and training comprise the centerpiece of the federal Budget 2013. But the federal document is also a skilled Budget. The government has been training Canadians for quite some time – to dampen our expectations. The purpose of creating a scarcity mindset is to set the stage. The ground work was so carefully laid that Canadians were primed to expect doom and gloom. Any announcement actually made is hailed as nothing short of miraculous.

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From the
Toronto Star:

Federal budget 2013: The Canadian government shouldn’t plunder aid to promote trade
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/03/24/federal_budget_2013_the_canadian_government_shouldnt_plunder_aid_to_promote_trade_editorial.html
Editorial
March 24, 2013
By folding the Canadian International Development Agency into the foreign affairs and international trade ministry, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has cast a shadow over our aid program.

Jim Flaherty’s dirty little job-training secret : Canadian employers
won't bother training workers as long as they can import cheap temporary help from abroad.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/03/22/jim_flahertys_dirty_little_jobtraining_secret_walkom.html
By Thomas Walkom
March 22, 2013
The federal government says it is serious about job-training. It is not. If it were, it would not make it so easy for business to hire cheap workers from abroad. This is the dirty little secret about job-training in Canada. Employers don’t train workers because most don’t have to. They expect government to train workers at public cost. And if that doesn’t work, businesses expect government to let them import from abroad workers who are already trained.

Yukon Budget 2013-2014 - March 21, 2013

Yukon Budget 2013-2014 - March 21, 2013

2013-2014 Budget Address [ PDF - 150.55 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_speech_e.pdf
March 21, 2013

2013-2014 Budget Highlights [ PDF - 67.49 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_highlights_e.pdf
March 21, 2013
Ten years after the Devolution Transfer Agreement and Yukon Party government administration, Yukon continues to enjoy one of the strongest economies in Canada:
• posting nine consecutive years of real GDP growth and exceeding the national growth rate in eight of these years;
• doubling of the Yukon Government’s budget since 2003-2004 with the 2013-2014 Budget being the ?fth budget to exceed the $1 billion threshold;
...

2013-2014 Financial Information [ PDF - 2060.70 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_fininfo_e.pdf
March 21, 2013

2013-2014 Projections [ PDF - 430.14 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_Longterm_e.pdf
March 21, 2013

Source:
Yukon Finance
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/

Earlier Yukon Budgets
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/general/publications.html

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Deloitte : Yukon Budget highlights
http://goo.gl/qbMXT
March 21, 2013

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2013-2014 - March 20, 2013

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2013-2014
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14
March 20, 2013
Balanced Growth
The Government of Saskatchewan has achieved a balanced budget that:
* Balances growth by controlling spending while continuing to invest in priority areas,
* Supports quality of life for Saskatchewan's growing population, and
* Balances economic progress with social progress.
NOTE : This is the main budget page; it includes links to all budget papers, a selection of which appears below.

Finance Minister Ken Krawetz's budget address (PDF - 224K, 37 pages):
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14BudgetAddress.pdf

Budget Summary (PDF - 2MB, 97 pages) :
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14BudgetSummary.pdf

Budget Highlights
English
(PDF - 184K, 2 pages) : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14BudgetHighlights.pdf
Français (PDF - 192Ko., 2 pages) : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013FrenchHighlightsCard.pdf

Estimates (PDF - 980K, 197 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14Estimates.pdf

Selected Budget 2013-14 News Releases:

Balanced Budget Controls Spending While Meeting the Challenges of Growth (PDF - 120K, 3 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-FinanceMain.pdf
- includes backgrounder

Budget Invests in Infrastructure [small PDF file]
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-FinanceCapital.pdf
News release

Social Services:
* Government Keeps Commitment to Provide More Housing
[backgrounder, small PDF file]
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-SSAffordableHousing.pdf
* Social Services: Saskatchewan Children and Families a Top Priority for Government [backgrounder]
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-SSChildrenandYouth.pdf

For links to more news releases, go to http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14

Source:
Saskatchewan Department of Finance
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/

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Saskatchewan Budget 2013 analysis and critique:

From TD Bank Economics:

Balanced Growth for Saskatchewan (small PDF file)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/sk2013.pdf
March 20, 2013
Saskatchewan now expects a surplus of $65.6 million (0.1% of GDP) for fiscal 2012-13.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From
CBC News:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

Higher 'sin taxes' included in Saskatchewan's balanced budget
NDP critic calls it 'credit card' budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/03/20/sk-provincial-budget-1302.html
March 20, 2013

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From CTV News Regina:
http://regina.ctvnews.ca/

Smokers, drinkers take hit to keep budget in black
http://regina.ctvnews.ca/smokers-drinkers-take-hit-to-keep-budget-in-black-1.1203954
Saskatchewan is staying in the black with a budget that hits smokers and drinkers in the pocket to help balance the books.

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Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together - March 11, 2013
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives releases Alternative Federal Budget 2013
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ccpa-releases-alternative-federal-budget-2013
March 11, 2013
Today, the CCPA releases the Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together. This year's AFB shows how growth-killing austerity can be replaced by a plan that strengthens the economy, leads to a better quality of life for all Canadians, and eliminates the deficit by 2016.
This year's Alternative Federal Budget:
*
reduces poverty and inequality by investing in child care, pharmacare, affordable housing, income supports, and post-secondary education,
* tackles the ongoing crisis for First Nations housing, drinking water, education,
* implements a long term, transparent and public plan for investments in infrastructure,
* creates 300,000 jobs, lowering the unemployment rate to 6% by 2014, and
* introduces a new top personal income tax bracket, closes the biggest tax loopholes, and introduces a withholding tax on tax havens.

Alternative Federal Budget 2013
http:// www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2013
- includes links to the full 171-page report along with the budget in brief and four infographics showing what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously tackle Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns.

Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together (PDF - 1.9MB, 171 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2013/03/AFB2013_MainDocument.pdf

NOTA : La version française de chacun de ces textes se trouve à l'adreese suivante
Alternative Budgétaire Pour le Gouvernement Fédéral 2013
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/abgf2013

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Alberta Budget 2013: Responsible Change - March 7, 2013

Alberta Budget 2013: Responsible Change
http://budget2013.alberta.ca/
March 7, 2013
Budget 2013 delivers the responsible change Albertans want and expect. The budget is a sensible fiscal plan that responds to the Bitumen Bubble. It builds a better Alberta by investing in families and communities, securing new markets for our resources, and ensuring we live within our means.

Building Alberta: Budget 2013 delivers responsible change
http://alberta.ca/acn/201303/33776467BA8EE-974B-B20F-52190B23D6EAA8DD.html
March 7, 2013
News release
Highlights:
* No increase to operating expense ($36.4 billion - same as 2012-13 forecast)
* No new taxes or tax rate increases
* Bitumen bubble drops non-renewable resource revenue to $7.3 billion
* $15 billion over three years for infrastructure projects
* WTI oil forecast of $92.50, WCS forecast of $68.21
* A new plan to set aside savings every year
* Economic growth forecast of 2.9 per cent in 2013

Budget 2013 Quick Links:

Budget 2013 Newsroom : http://budget2013.alberta.ca/newsroom/index.html
- includes News Releases - Charts and Graphs - Budget 2013 Fact Cards

Budget documents : http://budget2013.alberta.ca/details/index.html
- incl. Budget Documents - Business Plans - Estimates

Previous budgets : http://www.finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/

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Alberta Budget 2013 review and critique:

TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2013 Alberta Budget:

A Budget Plan to Convert Alberta's Fiscal Woes into Fiscal Fortunes (PDF - 656K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/ab2013.pdf
(...)
There were three themes echoed in the budget: (1) to live within the government’s means; (2) to build the future of Alberta by investing in families and communities; and (3) to expand markets and get the highest possible return for Alberta’s resources. While the budget carried very few measures, each budget theme was highlighted in some manner. (...) While the 2013 budget season is still underway, Alberta could be one of the only Canadian governments to rely exclusively on spending restraint to restore fiscal health.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From the
Edmonton Social Planning Council:

[ http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/ ]

2013 Alberta Budget Analysis
March 2013 fACT sheet
(PDF - 428K, 2 pages)
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/images/stories/pdf/FactSheet/fact_sheet_alberta_budget_march_2013.pdf
Exerpt from Concluding Comments:
Budget 2013 is a post-election budget. The slogan for this year’s budget is ‘Responsible Change.’ Yet, with the exception of early childhood intervention, the changes being implemented are entirely in the direction of either freezes or outright reductions. Other cuts that will negatively impact low income Albertans include reduced support to the voluntary sector through the elimination of the Community Spirit matching grants, and the elimination of the Safer Communities Innovation Fund focusing on crime prevention. The Alberta government spent much of the past year developing a social policy framework. The framework has not resulted in any significant initiatives to eliminate child poverty in 5 years or reduce overall poverty in 10 years.

The analysis covers a number of areas:
* Ten Year Homeless Plan
* Affordable Housing and Rents
* Income Support (Alberta Works program)
* Income Support (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped - AISH)
* Employment and Training Programs
* Persons with Developmental Disabilities
* Seniors Programs
* Child Care
* Child Intervention and Protection
* Family Violence and Early Intervention
* Concluding Comments

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From
Momentum Community Economic Development:
http://www.momentum.org/
(Calgary NGO)

Alberta Budget Sends Mixed Message to Vulnerable Albertans & Non-Profits
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/images/stories/documents/momentumbudgetresponse2013.pdf
March 8, 2013
Calgary - Momentum Community Economic Development is encouraged by the consultation process of the Social Policy Framework (SPF) but is surprised that the 2013 Alberta Budget made no mention of investing in poverty reduction. This is despite a strategy expected to be released later this year. The government has missed a major investment opportunity to reduce long-term costs to taxpayers by investing to prevent poverty in this budget. It is estimated that poverty costs Alberta between 7.1 and 9.5 billion dollars annually.

Related link:

Action to End Poverty in Alberta
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/
Action to End Poverty in Alberta is a non-profit initiative that works collaboratively with all levels of government, the community and with people experiencing poverty, to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan to end poverty in Alberta.

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From
CBC News:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

Alberta borrowing $4.3B to make up budget shortfall
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2013/03/07/edmonton-alberta-budget2013.html
March 7, 2013
The Alberta government is facing a $1.97-billion deficit and is borrowing $4.3 billion to pay for capital projects and to make up what Finance Minister Doug Horner called a "cash requirement" of $6.3 billion in the 2013-14 provincial budget. The budget — unveiled Thursday in the face of a $6.2-billion loss in non-renewable resource revenues because of dropping oil prices — contains program cuts but no increase in expenditures and no new taxes.

875 comments about this article:
http://goo.gl/K2at6

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

Nunavut Budget 2013- February 27, 2013

Nunavut Budget 2013
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets&year=2013
February 27, 2013
- main budget page, includes all budget documents, some of which appear below.

2013-14 Budget Address (PDF - 448K, 10 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Budgets%2fBudget+Address%2f634988569764843750-741266421-2013-14+Budget+Address+-+EN.pdf

2013-14 Budget Highlights (PDF - 468K,2 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets&year=2013
The Government of Nunavut is investing across government priorities.
Highlights include:
o $1.9 million in the Pathway for Adult Secondary School (PASS), a program to help Nunavut’s adults earn their high school diplomas.
o $7.0 M to the Department of Culture and Heritage, to promote the equal status of Inuktitut, English and French and to help GN departments and agencies meet their language obligations.
o $4.2 M to hamlets through a new Municipal Funding Formula, which will help hamlets improve their services to Nunavummiut.
o $1.4 M to support the GN’s participation in assessments of major mining projects, so we continue to ensure a high standard of environmental stewardship in sustainable
development.

2013-14 Main Estimates (PDF - 3.9MB, 314 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Budgets%2fMain+Estimates%2f634988576461875000-663546179-2013-14+Main+Estimates+-+EN.pdf

2013 Business Plans:
* 2013-16 Government of Nunavut Business Plan (PDF - 2MB, 279 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Business+Plans%2f634992948487027500-38981332-2013-16+GN+Business+Plan+-+EN.pdf
* 2013-16 Territorial Corporations Business Plan (PDF - 3.4MB, 127 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Business+Plans%2f634992952410933750-858953870-2013-16+Territorial+Corporations+Business+Plan+-+EN.pdf

Source:
Nunavut Department of Finance
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/

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- Go to the Nunavut Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm

Federal Budget 2013 : Restoring integrity to the budget process - February 19, 2013

Restoring integrity to the budget process
HTML version : http://www.3dpolicy.ca/node/231
PDF version (1.8MB, 4 pages) : http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/MLIInsidePolicy/FebMar2013/Clark-DeVries.pdf
By Scott Clark and Peter DeVries
March 5, 2013
(...) It is now recognized by most observers of the federal budget process, that the integrity and credibility of the process has been seriously eroded in recent years. ed in recent years. Less information is now provided to the public in budgets than under previous Liberal and Conservative governments; the authority of Parliament over government spending has been weakened; the understanding of Canadians as to what the government is actually planning to do in the budget has been eroded. Canadians should be concerned not just with the erosion of Parliament’s authority, but also ultimately with their own ability to hold the government to account for its actions.

We believe there are a number of actions that need to be taken to restore integrity and credibility to the budget process. They may seem simple and even mundane, but their importance to Parliamentary authority and to Canadians is huge.

What follows are our suggestions.
* Fix the Timing of the Budget
* Eliminate Confusion over Government Spending Plans
* Provide More Details on the Economic Forecasts
* Provide Greater Transparency and Accountability in Budget Planning; Save the Parliamentary Budget Office
* Stop Throwing Parliament under the Budget “Omnibus”
* Provide Leadership for Canada Inc.
* Conclusion

[ Both co-authors of this article are former senior officials in the federal Department of Finance. ]

Source:
Inside Policy, February-March 2013, Budget 2013: what should Jim Flaherty do?
http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/inside-policy/current-issue/
[ Click the link above to access any of the articles below and more. ]
Selected contents:
* Editor’s Message - by James Anderson
* Budgets should articulate comprehensive, coherent plans - by Don Drummond
* Crafting a budget - by Ted Menzies
* In Budget 2013, the Government should change course - Peggy Nash
* Conservatives in search of an economic legacy - Scott Brison
* Winning in a turbulent world - by Derek H. Burney
* Two debt crises; one big drag on the world economy - by Stanley Hartt

Back issues of Inside Policy:
http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/inside-policy/back-issues/
NOTE : As at March 6, 2013, there are two back issues:
* Mark Carney: Policy Maker of the Year - December 2012, Issue 2
* Free Trade @ 25 - October 2012, Issue 1

Inside Policy (MLI’s flagship magazine, free online) is produced by the
Macdonald-Laurier Institute
(MLI)
http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is Canada’s only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa. MLI is rigorously independent and non-partisan, as symbolized by its name. Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier were two outstanding and long-serving former prime ministers who represent the best of Canada’s distinguished political tradition.

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Related links:

‘A disgrace and an insult to Parliament’: Ex-Finance officials launch scathing critique of Tory budget secrecy
http://goo.gl/hhG5y
March 4, 2013
(...) For his 2012 budget, Flaherty introduced two controversial “omnibus bills” that were each several hundred pages long and contained policy changes which critics said had nothing to do with the budget. Flaherty was accused to trying to jam contentious changes throughout without sufficient review by MPs. Clark and DeVries said the bills were “a disgrace and an insult to Parliament and to Canadians” and have undermined the budgetary process. “Little information is now provided in the budget, so it has become impossible in reading the budget documents to fully understand what the government is actually proposing to do. There is a clear lack of transparency and accountability.”

Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

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3D Policy
http://www.3dpolicy.ca/
This is the blog home of Scott Clark and Peter DeVries.
Recent postings:
* Minister Flaherty should be worried
- March 5, 2013
* Once again the main estimates are misleading
- February 27, 2013
* Fiscal Monitor for December 2012 : signs point to a lower deficit outcome for 2012-2013
- February 23, 2013
* A black period ahead for the Parliamentary Budget Office - January 31, 2013

British Columbia Budget 2013 - February 19, 2013

From the
British Columbia Ministry of Finance:
http://www.gov.bc.ca/fin/

British Columbia Budget 2013
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/default.htm
February 19, 2013
- main budget page, includes links to all news releases, backgrounders, budget highlights, Ministry Services Plans, and much more...

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Selected budget links
from the main budget page:

Balanced Budget 2013 invests in families (PDF - 188K, 4 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/newsrelease/2013_News_Release.pdf
February 19, 2013
News Release
VICTORIA — Balanced Budget 2013 delivers on government’s commitment to balance the budget while investing in early childhood development and helping B.C. families save for their children’s future training and education, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

Budget and Fiscal Plan (PDF - 2.3MB, 154 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/bfp/2013_Budget_Fiscal_Plan.pdf
- main budget document, lays out the Province’s three-year fiscal plan, including economic outlook, revenues, spending, tax measures, and forecasting risks and assumptions.

Budget Highlights (PDF - 460K, 8 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/highlights/2013_Highlights.pdf
- reader-friendly, plain-language overview of Budget 2013

Budget Speech (PDF - 256K, 20 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/speech/2013_Budget_Speech.pdf
- the Finance Minister's address to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Government Strategic Plan (PDF - 3MB, 36 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/stplan/2013_Strategic_Plan.pdf
- sets out an overarching vision, goals and priority actions for the Province of British Columbia for the next 10 years.

For more budget papers,
click the main budget page link:

[ http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/default.htm ]
- includes : Economic & Revenue Forecasts - Ministry Service Plans - Budget Backgrounders (• Fiscal Plan 2013/14 – 2015/16 • Promise Made, Promise Kept: Balanced Budget 2013 • B.C. Early Years Strategy • B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant) - Estimates and Supplementary Estimates - more...

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From the Budget 2013 Ministry Service Plans page:
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/serviceplans.htm
[Click the link above to access plans for all BC Ministries]

Selected Ministry Plans:

* Ministry of Social Development 2013/14– 2015/16 Service Plan (PDF - 924K, 24 pages)
(Ministry responsible for welfare)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/sp/pdf/ministry/msd.pdf
February 2013

* Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF - 596K, 26 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2013/sp/pdf/ministry/cfd.pdf
February 2011

Source:
British Columbia Ministry of Finance:
http://www.gov.bc.ca/fin/


[ BC budgets for earlier years : http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/ ]

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Analysis and media coverage

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2013 BC Budget:

A Pre-Election Balanced Budget (PDF - 628K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/bc2013.pdf
Selected Highlights
• A balanced budget target of $197 million in fiscal 2013-14 is achieved through a combination of increased tax measures, controlled spending growth, sales of surplus assets, as well as a healthier provincial economic growth.
(...)
• A 1% increase to the general corporate income tax rate and a temporary, two-year increase to the personal income tax rate for those earning $150,000 or more per annum.
• Although the government is hoping to meet its commitment to balance its budget by fiscal 2013-14, converting a $1.2 billion deficit into a $197 million surplus in one year will be a tall order. The government hopes to build on this accomplishment with medium-term surpluses in the later years.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

BC Budget 2013 News Release
http://www.policynote.ca/bc-budget-2013/
February 19, 2013
Budget may be “balanced,” but lack of action on poverty, climate creates serious social, environmental deficits. The 2013 BC budget focuses on balancing the budget at the expense of British Columbians’ present and future wellbeing.
(...)
The CCPA’s main concerns include:
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The BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which does not kick in until 2015, is too small an amount to make a real difference for families: the benefit is $55 a month, whereas childcare fees range from $800-$1,400 a month.
* Medical Services Plan rates continue to rise and have nearly doubled since 2000. Families will now pay almost $140 per month in MSP, a regressive tax that no other province charges.
* Even with the increase in corporate taxes, the province will be raising as much revenue from MSP premiums as from corporate taxes.
* The lack of action on climate change is disturbing, as we see an increase in severe weather events and other consequences of climate change.
* The continued lack of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan, even as most other provinces have created plans. BC has the highest poverty rate and the second highest child poverty rate in Canada.
* BC is not getting a fair return on our publicly owned natural resources.

Spot the Seniors: 2013 Budget Edition
http://www.policynote.ca/spot-the-seniors-2013-budget-edition/
February 21, 2013
By Janine Farrell
As mentioned in last week’s Speech from the Throne and Tuesday’s 2013 provincial budget, BC’s population is aging. It’s projected the seniors population in BC will double over the next 25 years – meaning more than 30% of our population will be over the age of 65 by 2036. While the budget does mention aspects of health care needed to respond to this population shift (“doctor and specialist visits, prescription medications, home health care and residential care services” with attention to the “impacts of frailty, dementia and other health issues on seniors and their families” plus “enhancing the quality of life and supporting healthy aging in the community”), there is nothing in the budget to actually address these issues or ensure our system will provide appropriate care for our changing population.

Source:
Policy Note blog
http://www.policynote.ca/
CCPA BC Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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From David Schreck
(Strategic Thoughts):
http://www.strategicthoughts.com/

Budget Strains Credibility
http://www.strategicthoughts.com/record2013/budgetcredibility.html
February 19, 2013
Immediate news on the 2013-14 BC budget naturally focuses on unexpected tax increases: the 10% corporate tax rate increases to 11%; a "temporary two year" 2% increase in income taxes for those making over $150,000, a 4% increase in MSP premiums and a $2 per carton increase in cigarette taxes. Three of those four measures might have been expected in an NDP budget. (...) Notwithstanding the tax increases, it remains doubtful whether the budget is truly balanced.
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The only thing that will resolve the debate over whether the budget is balanced or not is the audited financial statements, but they will not be available for fiscal 2013-14 until June or July 2014, 16 months from now and well after the election.
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The stage has been set for what the Liberals probably hope will be an election debate over balanced budgets. It is not clear whether that debate will be vote determining for enough people so as to make a difference. With their credibility challenges that debate might backfire on the Liberals because we got into our current situation as a result of twelve years of Liberal rule.

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From The Province (Vancouver):
http://www.theprovince.com/

B.C. budget achieves balance, as billed (with video):
Finance minister says government will increase general corporate tax rate, sell off up to 100 ‘surplus’ properties
http://www.theprovince.com/news/budget+achieves+balance+billed+with+video/7986813/story.html
By Cassidy Olivier
February 19, 2013
VICTORIA — Under pressure to table a credible budget ahead of the spring election and bound by a government pledge to pull the province’s ledger books out of the red, B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong delivered a pre-election budget on Tuesday that promises to withstand the smell test and also deliver three-consecutive years of modest surpluses by hiking tax rates, controlling spending and selling off government assets.

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From CBC News - BC Region:
http://www.cbc.ca/bc/

B.C. government tables lean budget
Features tax and fee increases; few pre-election 'goodies'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/02/19/bc-budget.html
February 19, 2013

B.C. budget: What it means for you
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/02/19/bc-budget-good-news-bad-news.html
February 19, 2013

Liberal insider tears strip off B.C. budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/02/19/bc-martyn-brown-budget-critique.html
February 19, 2013

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- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

Northwest Territories Budget 2012 (Feb. 7, 2013)

From NWT Finance:

Northwest Territories Budget 2013- 2014
February 7, 2013

Budget Address (PDF)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2013-14-BudgetAddress_001.pdf

Budget Address and Papers (PDF)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2013-14-BudgetAddressandPapers_001.pdf

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Français:

Discours du budget (PDF)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/Discoursdubudget2013-14.pdf

Discours du budget et examens (PDF)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/Discoursdubudgetetexamen2013-14.pdf

Budget Highlights (PDF)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2013-14BudgetHighlights.pdf

Source:
NWT Finance
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

2013-2014 Budget - Government of Québec - November 20, 2012

NOTE : The English version follows the French below.

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Budget 2013-2014 : Gouvernement du Québec
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2013-2014/index.asp
Le 20 novembre 2012

Documents budgétaires:

Discours sur le budget (fichier PDF - 44 pages, 712 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Discours.pdf

Plan budgétaire 2013-2014 (fichier PDF - 484 pages, 2,29 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Planbudgetaire.pdf

Budget en un coup d'oeil (fichier PDF - 12 pages, 3,49 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/CoupOeil.pdf

Graphiques (fichier PDF - 8 pages, 576 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Graph_fr.pdf

Investir pour assurer notre prospérité (fichier PDF - 88 pages, 928 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Investir.pdf

Communiqués : Budget 2013-2014
--- Nouvelle contribution santé équitable et progressive
--- Annulation de la hausse du prix de l’électricité patrimoniale
--- Crédit d’impôt remboursable pour les activités physiques, artistiques et culturelles des enfants
--- Annulation de la hausse des droits de scolarité
--- Création de 28 000 nouvelles places en services de garde à contribution réduite d’ici 2016-2017
--- 3 000 logements sociaux, communautaires et abordables seront construits
* Un gouvernement qui agit en misant sur l’investissement privé
* L’équilibre budgétaire en 2013-2014
* Mieux gérer les dépenses en infrastructures et réduire le poids de la dette

Source:
Ministère des finances
http://www.finances.gouv.qc.ca/

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English version

2013-2014 Budget - Government of Québec
November 20, 2012
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2013-2014/index_en.asp
- includes Budget at a Glance and links to all budget documents (all of which appear below)

Budget Speech (PDF - 40 pages, 710 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Speech.pdf

2013-2014 Budget Plan (PDF - 484 pages, 2.34 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/budgetplan.pdf

Budget at a Glance (PDF - 12 pages, 3.50 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/BudgetGlance.pdf

Charts (PDF - 8 pages, 583 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Graph_en.pdf

Budget paper : Investing for our prosperity (PDF - 84 pages, 903 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Investing.pdf

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2013-2014 Budget Press releases (small PDF files):

* A Government Close to Families
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_1en.pdf
Highlights:
--- A new progressive and fair health contribution
--- 4.4 million Quebecers will not pay the health contribution or will see their tax burden decrease.
--- Cancellation of the increase in the price of heritage electricity
--- Refundable tax credit for physical, artistic and cultural activities for young people
--- Creation of 28 000 new reduced-contribution childcare spaces by 2016-2017
--- 3 000 social, community affordable housing units will be built

* A Government that Takes Action by Focusing on Private Investment
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_2en.pdf

* A Balanced Budget in 2013-2014
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_3en.pdf

* Improving Management of Infrastructure Spending and Reducing the Debt Load
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_4en.pdf

Source:
Ministère des Finances
(English Home Page)
http://www.finances.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.asp

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The PQ budget : Analysis by Mathieu Dufour
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/11/23/the-pq-budget/
November 23, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20th, the Parti Québécois released its first budget since taking office. This budget was widely anticipated in view of the many fiscal promises the PQ had made during the campaign, most of which where fairly progressive in nature. In the end, the exercise was (aptly) described by Marc Van Audenrode, who followed the proceedings and interviewed with Radio-Canada, as a “non-event”. For all intents and purposes, the budget could have been delivered by a liberal government… and certainly, given its content, there was no need to rush things ahead of the usual spring schedule.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2013 Quebec Budget:

A String of Budgetary Balances Forecast for
the Province of Québec
(small PDF file)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/qu2013.pdf
November 20, 2012
Today’s budget was the first to be tabled under the new provincial government led by Premier Pauline Marois. Initial media reports had labelled the release as a rare fall budget, but in actuality, the Québec government is the first out of the gate for the 2013 budget season.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp]

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Related links:

The PQ Budget
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/11/23/the-pq-budget/
By Mathieu Dufour
November 23, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20th, the Parti Québécois released its first budget since taking office. This budget was widely anticipated in view of the many fiscal promises the PQ had made during the campaign, most of which where fairly progressive in nature. In the end, the exercise was (aptly) described by Marc Van Audenrode, who followed the proceedings and interviewed with Radio-Canada, as a “non-event”. For all intents and purposes, the budget could have been delivered by a liberal government… and certainly, given its content, there was no need to rush things ahead of the usual spring schedule.
Source:
Progressive Economics Blog
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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Opposition parties to oppose PQ budget
Quebec budget focuses on curbing spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/11/20/parti-quebecois-budget-2012-quebec-government.html
November 20, 2012
The Parti Québécois' new budget failed to impress provincial opposition parties Tuesday, who say they will oppose it, raising the possibility that the recently elected minority government of Pauline Marois could be toppled. (...) Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau called his first budget a responsible plan for the province’s economic future. (...)
The $72.4-billion budget doesn’t contain any drastic changes in spending or tax collection, but it does hitch its plans to less stable sources: wealthy Quebecers and big industry. It also proposes strict limits on spending hikes. The province plans to cap its spending increase at 1.8 per cent in 2013-2014. That represents the lowest budgeted growth rate in the last 14 years. It’s a dramatic reining-in that was made necessary by the Parti Québécois's determination to fund key priority areas, while attempting to appease the opposition and eliminate the deficit by the target of spring 2014.
Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news

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Quebec 2013-2014 budget highlights
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+2013+2014+budget+highlights/7584766/story.html
November 21, 2012
By Kevin Dougherty
Source:
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/

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PQ revives old-style government direction of industry
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/11/21/william-watson-why-no-jobs-here/
November 21, 2012
By William Watson
Source:
Financial Post
http://www.financialpost.com/

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