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Updated November 13, 2014
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REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF BUDGETS
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Links appear below in reverse chronological order, with the most recent additions at the top.
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Ontario
July 14 (updated to August 1)

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Ontario
May 1
(Budget + election call for June 12)
(archived)

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Prince Edward Island
April 6

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Nova Scotia
April 3

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Newfoundland and Labrador
March 27

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Yukon
March 25

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Saskatchewan
March 19

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Alberta
March 6

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Manitoba
March 6

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Québec
February 20

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British Columbia
February 18, 2014

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Federal Government
February 11, 2014
UPDATED NOVEMBER 13, 2014

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Northwest Territories
February 6, 2014

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Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance
- February 4, 2014
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

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New Brunswick 2014-15 Budget February 4, 2014

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Recommendations for the 2014 Federal Budget
(House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance)
December 10, 2014

 

 


Canada's Economic Action Plan

- links to reports back to March 2009, plus analysis and critique of federal budgets


DIRECT LINKS TO
PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL BUDGET WEBSITES
The links in this white box will take you directly to external websites.


* Newfoundland and Labrador
March 27
, 2014

[ NL budgets for all years ]

* Prince Edward Island
April 3, 2014
[includes links to budgets for earlier years]

* Nova Scotia
April 3, 2014

[ NS budgets for earlier years ]

* New Brunswick - [version française]
February 4, 2014

[NB Budgets for previous years]

* Québec [ français ]
February 20, 2014
[ QC budgets for earlier years ]

* Ontario [ version française ]
July 14, 2014

[includes links to budgets for earlier years]

* Manitoba [ français ]
March 6, 2014
[ MB budgets for earlier years ]


* Saskatchewan

[ SK budgets for earlier years ]
March 19, 2014

*Alberta
March 6, 2014
[ AB budgets for earlier years ]

* British Columbia
February 18, 2014
[ BC budgets for earlier years ]

* Northwest Territories
February 6, 2014
[includes links to budgets for earlier years]

* Yukon
March 25, 2014
[ includes links to budgets for earlier years]

* Nunavut
[ incl. links to budgets for earlier years ]

* Canada [ français ]
[ Federal budgets for earlier years ]
February 11, 2014

[ ActionPlan.gc.ca ]


See also:

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/


2014 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
http://goo.gl/8lHHS2
Source:
Deloitte
http://www.deloitte.com/

 


Ontario 2014-15 Budget - July 14

Ontario Budget 2014 - July 14, 2014
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/
Main budget page, includes links to all budget documents (including some that appear below)

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Building Ontario Up Today For A Brighter, Stronger Tomorrow:
2014 Ontario Budget Moves Forward With Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement, While Balancing the Budget by 2017–18
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2014/7/building-ontario-up-today-for-a-brighter-stronger-tomorrow.html
News Release
July 14, 2014
- includes detailed Budget highlights

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Budget Speech
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/statement.html

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Detailed (hyperlinked) Table of Contents for the 2014 Budget
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/papers_all.html

Excerpt (re. Social Assistance Review):

Progress on Implementing Recommendations of the
Lankin-Sheikh Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario:

With the initial steps taken in the 2013 Budget and the proposed changes for 2014, the government continues to transform the social assistance system by increasing benefits for recipients with the lowest level of support, harmonizing program rules and reducing barriers to employment.Progress on transforming the social assistance benefit structure in the first two years includes:Increasing the support for single Ontario Works recipients without children by $50 per month — an important step in meeting the Commission’s recommendation of a $100 rate increase for Ontario Works single adults without children, who experience the lowest level of support in social assistance;
Introducing an earnings exemption of $200 monthly to reduce employment barriers for all social assistance recipients; and
Taking steps to align Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works rules by harmonizing the treatment of employment income for full-time students and self-employed individuals, and by increasing asset limits for singles receiving Ontario Works from $606 to $2,500, and from $1,043 to $5,000 for couples.
Moving forward, the government will continue to reform social assistance guided by the Commission’s advice.

NOTE: For social assistance improvements, see Chapter I, Section D:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/ch1d.html

On the 2014 Budget home page [ http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/ ], you'll find links (in the left-hand margin) to the following:
* About Ontario's Fiscal Cycle * Ontario Budget * Expenditure Estimates * Quarterly Finances * Public Accounts * Fall Economic Statement * Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund * Pre-Budget Consultations

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

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Related links:

Ontario Budget 2014: Liberals Steamroll Ahead With Big-Spending Plan
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/14/ontario-budget-2014_n_5583471.html
July 14, 2014
Source:
Canadian Press
http://www.thecanadianpress.com/

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Ontario Liberal government tables ‘déjà vu' budget
http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/07/14/ontario_liberal_government_tables_dj_vu_budget.html
July 14, 2014
Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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Ontario Liberals reintroduce their budget
Finance Minister Charles Sousa gives nod to budget déjà vu at start of speech
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-liberals-reintroduce-their-budget-1.2706657
July 14, 2014
Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Ontario Liberal Budget Maps Out the Way to ‘Social Justice’ Austerity
http://www.ocap.ca/node/1186
July 31, 2014
During the recent Provincial Election, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals distanced themselves from the crude right wing ideas of the Hudak Tories by pointing to their ‘progressive’ Provincial Budget over which the election was fought. In fact, this document is not quite the road map to ‘social justice’ it claims to be.
What the Liberals actually set out in their Budget plan is a multi-year blueprint to cut the spending for government programs in Ontario. If you take into account inflation and population increases, the Budget actually represents a commitment to shrink services and reduce deficits on the backs of those least able to afford the cost.

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 Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 16 July 2014
http://goo.gl/BlbyHG

Budget Responses & Coverage
(Click the above link to see the articles below)

OFL welcomes the Budget but rejects privatization and cuts
25in5 says Budget invests in fairness and builds momentum for the upcoming second Poverty Reduction Strategy
Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries says the 2014 Budget doesn’t do enough for people living in poverty
ISAC repeats Budget analysis but adds comment on increased funding for ODSP medical reviews
More on medical reviews
Criminal Lawyers Association applauds more funding for Legal Aid
Globe editorial on the 2014 Budget as an austerity budget

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Also from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

Budget 2014 - Update
Budget Re-introduced: More Comment Required
http://goo.gl/p7siJr
July 15, 2014
The new Ontario government re-introduced the 2014 provincial Budget yesterday – the same Budget that was originally introduced on May 1. The Budget includes a social assistance rate increase, with proportionally more going to singles on OW and a continuation on the freeze on rates for the family members of people with disabilities on ODSP. It also includes a new Remote Communities Allowance that replaces and is higher than the Northern Allowance, and consolidation of seven OW and ODSP employment-related benefits. As well, it includes an additional $42 million in annual funding for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program, and a number of investments in other poverty-related areas. But there’s one additional issue that requires comment. The 2014 Budget also includes new money to hire additional Disability Adjudication Unit staff to increase the number of medical reviews for people on ODSP.
[Click the link above to read how additional adjudication staff "will mean a lot more stress for people with disabilities."]

ISAC's original response to the Budget (May 1, 2014)
http://goo.gl/PKHkh3

Response from Ontario Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/
(Link to media release not working on July 16)

Response from the 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction
http://goo.gl/fCemzI
July 14, 2014

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More information about medical reviews on the
website of the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS)

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/income_support/odsp_medical.aspx

Ontario 2014-15 Budget - May 1

NOTE : This budget was not supported by the NDP and an election was called for June 12, 2014.
[Source: Ont. govt. news release - http://goo.gl/8e5Y4j ]

I've decided to keep the May Budget links (down to the next red horizontal bar below) for historical/archival purposes.

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Ontario heads for June election after NDP rejects budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-heads-for-june-election-after-ndp-rejects-budget-1.2629401
May 2, 2014
NDP leader gives thumbs-down to support one day after budget's release by Kathleen Wynne's Liberals
(...)
Several large labour groups, including Unifor and the Ontario Federation of Labour, urged the NDP to pass the budget and avoid an election, but public-sector unions complained the fiscal plan puts jobs at risk.
Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/
[ By Gilles : I'm TOTALLY onside with Unifor and the OFL on this. WTF, Andrea?? ]

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath risks much by forcing Ontario election: Walkom
http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/05/02/ndp_leader_andrea_horwath_risks_much_by_forcing_ontario_election_walkom.html
If June 12 vote results in a Tim Hudak Tory sweep, left-liberal voters will be furious with the NDP.

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Ontario Election Seemingly On Way As NDP Won't Support Budget
http://goo.gl/cr26HB
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NOTE: In light of the above announcement, one might be tempted to skip past all of the Ontario Budget content below, given the sudden shift from Budget mode to election campaign mode. Premier Wynne's budget is now a major part of her campaign platform, and she's promised to reintroduce that same budget if the Liberals wins the election.

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From the
Ontario Ministry of Finance:

Ontario Budget 2014-2015
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/
May 1, 2014

Main budget page, includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)
Also includes links to the following:
* Expenditure Estimates * Quarterly Finances * Public Accounts * Fall Economic Statement * Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund *
Pre-Budget Consultations *
Ontario's Economy * more...

News Release:
Budget 2014: Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2014/5/budget-2014-building-opportunity-securing-our-future.html
May 1, 2014
2014 Ontario Budget Lays Out Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement.
- includes a summary of budget highlights

The 2014 Ontario Budget
Regular HTML - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/papers_all.html
Interactive HTML - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/interactive/index.html
PDF - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/papers_all.pdf

Budget Speech
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/statement.html

Budget Highlights
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/budhi.html

Source:
Ministry of Finance
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en

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Analysis/critique of Ontario Budget 2014

From the
CBC:

Ontario budget 2014: Wynne gives Horwath 1 week to decide
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-budget-2014-wynne-gives-horwath-1-week-to-decide-1.2627669
May 1, 2014
A budget showdown is looming in Ontario with Premier Kathleen Wynne telling New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath this afternoon that she has a week to decide if she will support the minority government or let it fall. The $130.4-billion budget was tabled on Thursday afternoon, though it contained few surprises since much of its contents had trickled out in various leaks in recent weeks.

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Ontario budget: Andrea Horwath to break silence this morning
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-budget-andrea-horwath-to-break-silence-this-morning-1.2629401
May 2, 2014

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

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Mixed Results for Social Assistance in Budget 2014
http://goo.gl/fnqOE4
May 1, 2014
Ontario’s 2014 Budget takes important steps to reduce poverty in Ontario through investments in income benefits, housing and homelessness supports, and expanded health benefits for low-income children. However, the Budget provides mixed results for Ontarians relying on the province’s two social assistance programs.
(...)

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

Prince Edward Island 2014-15 Budget - April 6

Prince Edward Island 2014-2015 Budget
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
- main budget page, includes links to all main budget papers and previous budgets

Budget 2014-15 stays the course, continues to make targeted investments to benefit Islanders
http://www.gov.pe.ca/newsroom/index.php3?number=news&newsnumber=9541&dept=&lang=E
News Release
April 6, 2014
- includes a dozen highlights of this budget.

Budget Address 2014 (PDF - 1.6MB, 24 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budget14.pdf

Estimates of Revenue and Expenditures, 2014-2015 (PDF - 4.3MB, 167 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budestim14.pdf

Background Notes on the Economy (PDF - 1MB, 15 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budback14.pdf

Highlights
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budghigh14.pdf
This small PDF file contains the same text as the budget news release (above), and also includes a detailed pie chart of expenditures, a fiscal forecast (with chart) and highlights from the PEI economy in 2013 (+chart).

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

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Selected media coverage:

Social assistance budget cut not 'money left on the table'
Demand not what was expected, says minister

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/social-assistance-budget-cut-not-money-left-on-the-table-1.2609088
April 14, 2014
The P.E.I. government has cut available funding for social assistance benefits by $1.7 million for the coming year, after not spending as much as expected in 2013-14. Last year government underspent its budget for social assistance $1.9 million. Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty says no one who qualified for assistance was turned away. There simply wasn't the need.
(...)
Last year Minister Docherty told CBC News social assistance rates are too low [ http://goo.gl/rvyg66 ], but says now the extra money in the budget couldn't be used to increase rates. The government plans to start on a five-year plan to increase rates next year.

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Chamber doubts P.E.I. budget can be balanced next year
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/chamber-doubts-p-e-i-budget-can-be-balanced-next-year-1.2603755
April 9, 2014

Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Prince Edward Island delivers budget with estimated deficit of $39.6M
http://globalnews.ca/news/1258267/prince-edward-island-delivers-budget-with-estimated-deficit-of-39-6m/

Source:
Global News

http://globalnews.ca/news/

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

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

Prince Edward Island 2014-2015 Budget - April 6

Prince Edward Island 2014-2015 Budget
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
- main budget page, includes links to all main budget papers and previous budgets

Budget 2014-15 stays the course, continues to make targeted investments to benefit Islanders
http://www.gov.pe.ca/newsroom/index.php3?number=news&newsnumber=9541&dept=&lang=E
News Release
April 6, 2014
- includes a dozen highlights of this budget.

Budget Address 2014 (PDF - 1.6MB, 24 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budget14.pdf

Estimates of Revenue and Expenditures, 2014-2015 (PDF - 4.3MB, 167 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budestim14.pdf

Background Notes on the Economy (PDF - 1MB, 15 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budback14.pdf

Highlights
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budghigh14.pdf
This small PDF file contains the same text as the budget news release (above), and also includes a detailed pie chart of expenditures, a fiscal forecast (with chart) and highlights from the PEI economy in 2013 (+chart).

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

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Selected media coverage:

Social assistance budget cut not 'money left on the table'
Demand not what was expected, says minister

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/social-assistance-budget-cut-not-money-left-on-the-table-1.2609088
April 14, 2014
The P.E.I. government has cut available funding for social assistance benefits by $1.7 million for the coming year, after not spending as much as expected in 2013-14. Last year government underspent its budget for social assistance $1.9 million. Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty says no one who qualified for assistance was turned away. There simply wasn't the need.
(...)
Last year Minister Docherty told CBC News social assistance rates are too low [ http://goo.gl/rvyg66 ], but says now the extra money in the budget couldn't be used to increase rates. The government plans to start on a five-year plan to increase rates next year.

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Chamber doubts P.E.I. budget can be balanced next year
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/chamber-doubts-p-e-i-budget-can-be-balanced-next-year-1.2603755
April 9, 2014

Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Prince Edward Island delivers budget with estimated deficit of $39.6M
http://globalnews.ca/news/1258267/prince-edward-island-delivers-budget-with-estimated-deficit-of-39-6m/

Source:
Global News

http://globalnews.ca/news/

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

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

Nova Scotia 2014-15 Budget - April 3

Nova Scotia's 2014-15 Budget Lays Foundation for Work Ahead
http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2014-04-03-Budget-2014/
News Release
April 3, 2014
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen tabled the 2014-15 provincial budget, clearing the way for private sector growth and reinvestment in education and health care. The 2014-15 budget projects a deficit of $279 million.

Budget documents 2014-2015
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2014-2016.aspx
- includes links to the following documents:

* Budget Address (PDF - 60K, 18 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Budget_Address.pdf

* Budget Assumptions and Schedules (PDF - 7.2MB, 82 pages)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Budget_Assumptions_And_Schedules.pdf

* Budget Bulletins (small PDF files):
--- Families and Communities : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Families_Bulletin.pdf
--- Health and Wellness : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Health_Bulletin.pdf
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Post Secondary Education : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Post_Sec_Education_Bulletin.pdf
--- Economy : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Economy_Bulletin.pdf
--- Education : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Education_Bulletin.pdf
--- Tax Measures : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Tax_Measures_Bulletin.pdf
--- Highlights : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Budget_Highlights.pdf

--- Estimates and Supplementary Detail : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Estimates_and_Supplementary_Detail.pdf
--- Crown Corporation Business Plans : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Crown_Corp_Business_Plans.pdf
--- Government Business Plan : http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2014/Government_Business_Plan.pdf

2014-2015 Budget Highlights
http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20140403002

Budget at a Glance
http://novascotia.ca/budget/

Source:
Department of Finance and Treasury Board
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/

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From the
Chronicle-Herald:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/

Liberals stick to playbook with first $9.9-billion budget
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1197844-liberals-stick-to-playbook-with-first-99-billion-budget
By Michael Gorman
April 3, 2014
Finance Minister Diana Whalen said earlier this week that the provincial budget would contain few surprises and she lived up to that promise Thursday. Whalen introduced a $9.9-billion budget with a $279-million deficit. The document contains a collection of announcements from the Liberals’ election campaign platform, as well as some new initiatives, with about $80 million in new spending. Department spending increased overall by 5.4 per cent, or $455 million. The net debt is estimated to be $14.6 billion as of March 31. It’s projected to top $15 billion in the next fiscal year.

Budget Highlights
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1197855-nova-scotia-budget-highlights

More coverage of NS Budget 2015
from the Chronicle-Herald:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/tags/ns-budget-2014
[Click the link above to access any of the content below.]
* Budget’s lack of tax relief slammed by business groups
* Taxpayers may doubt Grits’ vow of balanced budget
* Whalen budget a sober start
* Diana Whalen : In her own words
* Political band has changed, but song...
* Liberals axe graduate tax rebate
* Grits pump up home-care funds
* N.S. budget features cash for class-size caps...
* Blog Replay : Nova Scotia budget

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

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2014 - March 27

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2014
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/
March 27, 2014
Main Budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Speech 2014
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/speech/default.htm

Budget Highlights
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/highlights/default.htm

News Releases
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/releases/default.htm
- includes links to ELEVEN news releases and FIFTEEN backgrounders pertaining to the NL 2014 Budget (except for the first one at the top of the page, which is the budget speech).

Links to selected relevant news
releases and related backgrounders:

Poverty Reduction Strategy Total Investments Surpass $1 Billion (incl. one backgrounder)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n22.htm
Backgrounder:
Supports to Help Vulnerable Populations, Seniors and Individuals with Low Incomes

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n23.htm

Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/exec/0327n02.htm

Full-day Kindergarten to be Implemented Province-wide in 2016 (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/edu/0327n12.htm

Budget 2014 Reduces Student Debt to Historic Lows (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n09.htm

$3 Billion Investment Advances Health Care for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/health/0327n15.htm

Click the "News Releases" link above to access the complete collection of NL Budget 2014 news releases.

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

Source:
Finance

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

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

Yukon 2014 Budget - March 25

Yukon Budget 2014
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/2471.html
March 25, 2014
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NOTA : Vous trouverez des liens vers la version française
de tous les documents budgétaires ci-dessous au lien suivant:

http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/fr/general/publications.html
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- includes links to the following budget documents:

* 2014-15 Budget Address [PDF - 168K]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2014-15budget_Speech_e.pdf

* 2014-15 Budget Highlights [PDF - 68K]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2014-15budget_highlights_e.pdf

* 2014-15 Financial Information [PDF - 412K]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2014-15budget_Financial_Information_e.pdf

* 2014-15 Projections [PDF - 58K]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2014-15budget_projection_e.pdf

* 2014-15 Operation & Maintenance and Capital Estimates
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/2486.html

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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Related link from
Yukon News:
[ http://www.yukon-news.com/ ]

Yukon budget breaks a billion, again
http://www.yukon-news.com/news/yukon-budget-breaks-a-billion-again/
By Jacqueline Ronson
March 26, 2014
Premier Darrell Pasloski announced another record budget for the Yukon this week. On Tuesday, he told the Yukon legislature that his government will spend $1.3 billion in the 2014/2015 fiscal year. The government is planning for a $72 million surplus. The territory’s key revenue source remains a federal transfer payment that continues to grow. Total transfers from the government of Canada are expected to top $1 billion for the first time in 2014/2015.

- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm


Saskatchewan 2014 Budget - March 19

From the Saskatchewan Department of Finance:
[ http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/ ]

Saskatchewan 2014 Budget
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15
March 19, 2014
- main budget page --- includes links to all budget documents, including news releases, backgrounders, Core Operational Plan, estimates and supplementary estimates, and more...

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News Release
Balanced Budget Keeps Saskatchewan on the Path of Steady Growth (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-FinanceMain.pdf
March 19, 2014
No Tax Increases; Important Investments in Infrastructure and People.
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget aimed at keeping Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth.
This year’s budget avoids tax increases by controlling government spending.

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Selected budget highlights:
(Excerpts from the above news release)

* Record funding of nearly $5.0 billion to be spent through the Ministry of Health - a 3.0 per cent increase compared to last year - to deliver high-quality health care services for Saskatchewan people;
* $956.5 million to be spent through the Ministry of Social Services (responsible for welfare) - up $65.8 million or 7.4 per cent compared to last year;
* $446.2 million, up $84.3 million compared to last year, for new and enhanced programming for people with disabilities and for increased utilization;
* $8.7 million increase for Child and Family agenda initiatives bringing the total commitment in new funding to $62.5 million since 2011;
* $1.76 billion to be spent through the Ministry of Education, an increase of $52.4 million over last year;
* $52.7 million, up 4.3 per cent compared to last year, to expand the number of child care spaces by 500;
* $20.4 million - an increase of more than 6.0 per cent over last year - to support 15 new pre-K programs;
* $668.9 million for post secondary institution operating grants and targeted funding, an increase of $16.8 million compared to last year;
* Direct student supports of $216.0 million, an increase of $18.5 million over last year or 9.4 per cent;
* $37.4 million for other ongoing provincial tax credits related to education costs and interest paid on student loans;
* $32.5 million for the Student Aid Fund;
* $31.0 million for the Provincial Training Allowance;
* $7.5 million for the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings;
* $7.0 million for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship; and
* o $5.0 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship;
* Increases of $2.1 million to add 700 new Adult Basic Education spaces and $1 million to add 300 new apprenticeship training seats;
* $189.2 million - an increase of $4.4 million or 2.4 per cent over last year - for initiatives that directly benefit First Nations and Métis people including $6.0 million to double funding for initiatives related to the Joint Task Force on First Nation and Metis Education and Employment;
* $394.6 million of direct provincial support to municipalities, an increase of $32.8 million, or 9.1 per cent, from last year and an increase of $152.7 million or 63.1 per cent from the 2007-08 Budget.
* Increased benefits for recipients of : Seniors Income Plan - Personal Care Home Benefit - Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability

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The Budget (PDF - 1.5MB, 71 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/2014-15SKProvincialBudget.pdf

Budget Address (PDF - 228K, 34 pages)

Government Direction for 2014-15 (PDF - 324K, 18 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/2014-15GovernmentDirection.pdf
- from the Budget book

Backgrounder (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/FinanceBackgrounder2014-15.pdf

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More Budget 2014-15 News Releases (small PDF files):

*** Social Services - Child and Family Agenda: Government Investing in Children and Families
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSChildandFamilyAgenda.pdf
Backgrounder 1 : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SCYABudget.pdf
Backgrounder 2 : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SCYAprogressMarch2014.pdf

*** Social Services - Housing: Government Continues to Invest in Affordable Housing
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSHousing.pdf
Backgrounder : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-Housing.pdf

*** Social Services - People with Disabilities: Government Investing in Supports for Citizens with Disabilities
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSDisabled.pdf
Backgrounder : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SAID.pdf

*** Social Services - Seniors: Government Investing in Supports for Seniors
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSSeniors.pdf
Backgrounder : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-seniors.pdf

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Media coverage / NGO critique:

From
Huffington Post.ca:
[
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ ]

* Budget Highlights
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/19/highlights-of-the-saskatc_n_4995285.html
March 19, 2014

* Saskatchewan holds line on spending with flat revenue in tight, balanced budget
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/19/saskatchewan-holds-line-o_n_4992863.html
By Jennifer Graham
March 19, 2014

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From CBC.CA:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/ ]

Premier Brad Wall talks about the budget (video, duration 6:44)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Saskatchewan/ID/2443097062/

A flurry of reaction to Saskatchewan budget
Opposition claims government has 'flip-flopped' on savings fund

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/a-flurry-of-reaction-to-saskatchewan-budget-1.2579588

Education property taxes frozen in Saskatchewan budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/education-property-taxes-frozen-in-saskatchewan-budget-1.2577770

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- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

Alberta 2014 Budget - March 6

From the
Government of Alberta:

Alberta Budget 2014
http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/budget2014/
March 6, 2014

http://alberta.ca/budget.cfm
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Alberta balances budget, focuses on Albertans' priorities in Budget 2014
http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=35988FB0FC936-E01F-B477-D5D816382D293EDA
News Release
Budget 2014 delivers a fully balanced budget focused on core areas that support families and communities—health, education and supports for the vulnerable—while continuing to build Alberta. With $1 billion in new operating funding for health, K-12, post-secondary education and human services to ease growth pressures, Budget 2014 implements the next phase of the Building Alberta Plan to invest in families and communities, live within our means and open new markets for Alberta’s resources for a stronger and more prosperous future.

Budget highlights
http://alberta.ca/budget-highlights.cfm

Budget documents
http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/budget2014/index.html#documents

Budget 101
http://alberta.ca/budget101.cfm

Previous budgets
http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/index.html

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More News Releases:

* Budget 2014 delivers programs and services Albertans need
http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=35989FC4D207D-FAEA-A4E8-B8107E268F5B10DD

* Budget 2014 by the numbers
http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=35990FCFC2C94-01B5-4A08-44AA447985D5F300

* Alberta's Capital Plan to help growing communities
http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=3599423A28D42-BB75-DF90-BB23D654B5192D5D

Pre-Budget Consultations
http://alberta.ca/budget-what-we-heard.cfm

Source:
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
http://finance.alberta.ca/

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Media/NGO coverage

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From the
Parkland Institute:

March 7, 2014
Alberta Budget 2014 a missed opportunity to address inequality
Progressive taxes would reduce inequality, improve well-being, and stabilize provincial revenues
http://parklandinstitute.ca/media/comments/budget_2014_a_missed_opportunity_to_address_inequality

Related research:

The Way Forward: Progressive Income Tax in Alberta
http://parklandinstitute.ca/research/summary/the_way_forward
With the 2014 Alberta Budget the Alberta government missed an opportunity to address a significant roadblock to improved health, happiness, prosperity, and overall well-being for the province by failing to address the province's growing income inequality.

Source:
Parkland Institute

http://parklandinstitute.ca/
The Parkland Institute is a non-partisan public policy research institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta

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From
CBC News:

* Alberta plays it safe with 'cautious' 2014 budget
Finance Minister delivers surplus, defends borrowing billions for roads, schools, hospitals
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-plays-it-safe-with-cautious-2014-budget-1.2562938

* The Alberta budget: Where are your tax dollars going?
http://www.cbc.ca/edmonton/interactive/budget-2014/

* Six ways the provincial budget affects Albertans
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/6-ways-the-provincial-budget-affects-albertans-1.2562379

* Alberta budget reaction: politicians weigh in
http://www.cbc.ca/calgary/features/budget-reaction-provincial/

Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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From
Huffpost Alberta:

* Alberta Budget 2014 Sees Day-To-Day Surplus, Still Billions In Debt
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/06/alberta-budget_n_4909496.html

* Alberta Budget 2014 Highlights
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/06/alberta-budget-2014_n_4914691.html

* 2013 Alberta Budget On Track For Operational Surplus
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/26/alberta-budget-2013_n_4859627.html

* Alberta's Budget Surplus: Oil Royalties Put Province Back In Black, Gains Offset By Flood Costs
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/26/alberta-budget-surplus_n_4345201.html

Source:
Huffpost Alberta

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/alberta/

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From the
Edmonton Journal:

Reaction videos: Opposition leaders respond to 2014 Alberta Budget
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/alberta-politics/Reaction+videos+Opposition+leaders+respond+2014/9589001/story.html

Source:
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/index.html

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

Manitoba 2014 budget - March 6

From the
Government of Manitoba:

Budget 2014: A Focused Plan to Create Good Jobs, Grow the Economy, Protect Front-line Services for Families
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=30100&posted=2014-03-06
News Release
March 6, 2014
Budget 2014 is a balanced plan to create good jobs and more opportunities for young people to build their futures in Manitoba, while keeping life affordable and protecting the front-line services families count on, Finance Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.

Manitoba Budget 2014 - main budget page
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget14/index.html
- incl. links to budget documents (some of which appear below) + some budget highlights under the following headings:
* More opportunities for young people
* Strong infrastructure and a growing economy
* An even better place to live
* More efficient government, better services

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Version française de la page d'accueil du budget 2014 du Manitoba:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget14/index.fr.html
(Vous y trouverez des liens vers la version française de tous les documents pertinents...)
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2014 Manitoba Budget Address (PDF - 336K, 18 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget14/papers/speech14.pdf

Manitoba Budget 2014 (PDF - 344K, 46 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget14/papers/summary.pdf
Legislation requires government to include a summary of core government expenditure and projected revenue as part of the Financial Management Strategy. This is consistent with the main estimates of expenditure and revenue for the fiscal year.

Budget Papers
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget14/papers.html
Click this link to access the following budget papers.
* Economic Review and Outlook
*
Supplementary Financial Information
*
The Manitoba Advantage
*
Update on Fiscal Arrangements

Of special interest:
*
Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion (PDF - 208K, 19 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget14/papers/poverty.pdf
Contents:
--- All Aboard : Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy
--- Measuring Progress
--- Provincial Investments : Creating Opportunities for All Manitobans
--- Key All Aboard Initiatives in Budget 2014
--- Making Progress on Employment and Income Assistance
---- Introducing the New Manitoba Rent Assist Program
--- Appendix 1: Manitoba's indicators of poverty reduction and social inclusion
--- Appendix 2: Reporting on commitments

Source:
Government of Manitoba
http://www.gov.mb.ca/

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Media coverage:

From PolicyFix.ca:
http://policyfix.ca/

Manitoba Budget a Leap Forward for Poverty Reduction
http://policyfix.ca/2014/03/07/manitoba-budget-a-leap-forward-for-poverty-reduction/
March 7, 2014
By Lynne Fernandez and Molly McCracken
By substantially raising Employment and Income Assistance shelter rates and increasing child care spaces, new apprenticeship programs and support to social enterprises, the province is taking action to provide marginalized people with the assistance low income people need to overcome barriers to education and employment.

Source:
PolicyFix.ca:
http://policyfix.ca/
Manitoba Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/manitoba

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From
CBC News:

Manitoba 2014 budget tackles jobs, education and poverty:
Province invests $5.5 billion in infrastructure, puts remaining focus on students, middle class

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-2014-budget-tackles-jobs-education-and-poverty-1.2562858
By Teghan Beaudette
March 6, 2014
There were few surprises in Manitoba's Thursday release of the provincial budget, with the big winners being students, people looking for work and those living below the poverty line. The other big area of spending for the province was infrastructure. Officials had already revealed on Wednesday that $5.5 billion was slated for infrastructure projects across the province [ http://goo.gl/ULUj5S ].

Manitoba budget to include $5.5M for more child-care spaces
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-budget-to-include-5-5m-for-more-child-care-spaces-1.2561916

Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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

Quebec : Budget 2014-2015 - February 20
Budget 2014-2015 du Québec - 20 février 2014

Français:
Budget 2014-2015 du Québec
(page principale)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/index.asp
Le 20 février 2014

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English:
Quebec Budget 2014-2015
(main page)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/index_en.asp
February 20, 2014

Budget Speech (PDF - 533K)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/Speech.pdf
Excerpt, p. "ii":
A government that is taking action to strengthen solidarity:
* Homelessness policy
* Report on patient-based funding in the health sector
* Lac-Mégantic and L’Isle-Verte
Actions in three strategic areas:
1. Affordable housing
2. The social economy
3. Pension plans
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(By Gilles : I did a word search in the Budget Speech.
The words "poor" and "poverty" appear exactly zero times.
Must not be strategic enough...)

2014-2015 Budget Plan (PDF - 4.4MB)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/BudgetPlan_1415.pdf

Budget Highlights (small PDF file)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/AUTEN_SummaryFebruary2014.pdf

Budget at a Glance (PDF -579MB)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/BudgetGlance.pdf

Charts (PDF - 579K)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/Charts.pdf

Press Releases - 2014-2015 Budget
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/index.asp
February 20, 2014
[Click the link immediately above to access all seven press releases below.]

Press release No. 1 : Successful Control of Spending and Sound Management of Public Finances
Press release No. 2 : Masters and Prosperous in Our Own House
Press release No. 3 : Over $280 Million to Strengthen Solidarity
Press release No. 4 : Ensuring the Prosperity of the Regions
Press release No. 5 : Culture: A Reflection of Our Identity as Well as an Economic Engine
Press release No. 6 : Patient-Based Funding in the Health Sector: Report of the Expert Panel Favourably Received by the Government
Press release No. 7 : Publication of the Report of the Task Force on the Protection of Québec Businesses

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Selected media coverage

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

School childcare fees to increase under PQ budget
PQ wants to increase childcare fees for daycares and elementary schools from $7 a day to $9 by 2015

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/school-childcare-fees-to-increase-under-pq-budget-1.2546413

Parti Québécois budget aimed at triggering election, opposition says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/parti-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois-budget-aimed-at-triggering-election-opposition-says-1.2545297

Quebec budget, 'winter games' veering toward snap election
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/quebec-budget-winter-games-veering-toward-snap-election-1.2542577

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From Global News:
[ http://globalnews.ca/news/ ]

At a glance: Winners and losers of Quebec’s 2014 budget
http://globalnews.ca/news/1162881/at-a-glance-winners-and-losers-of-quebecs-2014-budget/
By Amanda Kelly Global News
Winners:
* Montreal * Volunteer firefighters * Social housing * Homeless people * IT and technology * Oil development
Losers:
* Parents (cost of daycare going from $7 a day to $9 by 2015) * School boards * Public servants’ salaries * Quebec doctors * Foreign students

NOTE : Scroll to the bottom of the page whose link appears above to access the following related articles from Global News:
* PQ government tables budget amid election talk
* Quebec budget worries English school boards
* Quebec Budget 2014: Special coverage and live blog
* Quebec finance minister to present budget on Thursday

Five highlights from Quebec's 'beige' budget
http://globalnews.ca/news/1162827/five-highlights-from-quebecs-beige-budget/
1. Not yet a balanced budget
2. Health care re-evaluated
3. War on public service salaries?
4. Daycare hikes
5. Fewer school boards

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From the
Montreal Gazette:

[ http://www.montrealgazette.com/ ]

A throwaway budget
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Macpherson+throwaway+budget/9532043/story.html
It’s clearly a budget intended to facilitate an election and delay some hard choices on spending cuts

Extra money to fight homelessness ‘insufficient’, group says
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Extra+money+fight+homelessness+insufficient+group+says/9532535/story.html

Highlights: No tax increases in PQ government budget
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Highlights+increases+government+budget/9531634/story.html
NOTE : On this ("Highlights") page, you'll find links to the following related articles:
* Cost of subsidized daycare to rise to $9 a day by 2015
* Quebec to clamp down on tax evasion
* Budget documents
* LIVE: 2014 Quebec budget
* Auditor's report sets stage for budget
* The odds look good for Pauline Marois

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

British Columbia Budget 2014 - February 18, 2014

[British Columbia]

Balanced Budget 2014 :
Reinforcing Economic Growth & Job Creation

http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/default.htm
February 18, 2014
- includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below) and related information

Budget Speech 2014 (PDF - 124K, 16 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/speech/2014_Budget_Speech.pdf

Budget 2014 Highlights (PDF - 856K, 8 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/highlights/2014_Highlights.pdf
Excerpt:
Within the balanced budget, government is providing $350 million in new, additional funding over three years to support families, individuals and community safety, including:
* $243 million to maintain existing services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families;
* $15 million for children and youth with special needs;
* $15 million for increased RCMP policing costs; and
* $6 million for legal aid-related services.
(...)
B.C. Early Years Strategy --- Making Progress:
The B.C. Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children. Budget 2013 committed $76 million to support the first three years of the strategy.
Priorities for 2013–14 include:
*
Identifying up to five early years centre sites;
* Informing eligible parents about the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit;
* Launching a bursary program for students in Early Childhood Educator training programs; and
* Expanding professional development opportunities for licensed group and family child care providers.
In 2014–15, funding of $17.7 million will support creation of up to 1,000 new licensed child care spaces, with an emphasis on spaces located on school grounds and in areas underserved by child care.

News Release
February 18, 2014
Balanced budget maintains discipline, supports economic growth and job creation
Balanced Budget 2014

http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2014/02/balanced-budget-maintains-discipline-supports-economic-growth-and-job-creation.html

The B.C. government has introduced Balanced Budget 2014, which includes forecast surpluses in all three years of the fiscal plan and modest investments in priority areas.
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- includes detailed budget highlights + backgrounders:
* Fiscal Plan 2014-15 - 2016-17
* Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax
* LNG Income Tax balances competitiveness, fair return
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LNG 101: A Guide to British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas Sector (PDF - 1.7MB, 16 pages):
http://www.gov.bc.ca/mngd/doc/LNG101.pdf
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Budget Backgrounders
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/default.htm#backgrounders
- incl. links to the above budget papers, plus:
* Estimates * Supplement to the Estimates * Ministry Service Plans (see below) * Crown Agency Service Plans * Government Strategic Plan

Ministry Service Plans, 2014/15 - 2016/17
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/serviceplans.htm

Selected Ministry Service Plans:

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (PDF - 860K, 24 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/sp/pdf/ministry/sdsi.pdf
(Ministry responsible for social assistance in BC)

Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF - 820K, 26 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/sp/pdf/ministry/cfd.pdf

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Selected media coverage

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

B.C. budget 2014: 'Boring, balanced budget'
MSP premiums, tobacco tax to rise, while first-time homebuyers will get some help
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-budget-2014-boring-balanced-budget-1.2540656

Budget 2014 Highlights
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-budget-2014-highlights-1.2540649

Videos:

* B.C. budget 2014 'boring, balanced' (duration 2:39)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2438198901/

* B.C. Budget reaction : health, taxes (duration 1:52)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2438198248/

NDP says families in BC pay more (duration 3:06)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2438192718/

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From the Globe and Mail:
[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

B.C. budget a win for parents, home buyers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-budget-a-win-for-parents-home-buyers/article16953974/

Health premiums, tobacco taxes rise in B.C. budget
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/health-premiums-tobacco-taxes-rise-in-bc-budget/article16952839/

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From The Tyee:
[ http://www.thetyee.ca/ ]

BC Gov't Brags Budget Keeps Taxes Low, but for Whom?
http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2014/02/18/BC-Budget-2014/

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From the Victoria Times-Colonist:
[ http://www.timescolonist.com/ ]

Small surplus part of B.C.’s balanced $44.4-billion budget
http://www.timescolonist.com/small-surplus-part-of-b-c-s-balanced-44-4-billion-budget-1.858702

Budget: De Jong uses speech to introduce LNG strategy
http://www.timescolonist.com/budget-de-jong-uses-speech-to-introduce-lng-strategy-1.858716

Budget: Medical Services Plan premiums will continue to increase
http://www.timescolonist.com/budget-medical-services-plan-premiums-will-continue-to-increase-1.858764

Budget: Smokers hit with tax; money earmarked for research
http://www.timescolonist.com/budget-smokers-hit-with-tax-money-earmarked-for-research-1.858839

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From the Vancouver Sun:
[ http://www.vancouversun.com/ ]

No new money for education in B.C. budget
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/money+education+budget/9521826/story.html

Mission accomplished for B.C. Liberals on delicately balanced budget
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Vaughn+Palmer+Mission+accomplished+Liberals+delicately/9522742/story.html

Budget estimates foresee huge Liquefied Natural Gas windfall
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/energy/Budget+estimates+foresee+huge+windfall/9521853/story.html

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

[ https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc ]

* CCPA calls BC Budget a “missed opportunity” to address social, environmental and jobs deficits
http://goo.gl/8rsJRX

* Federal budget contains largest spending cuts to date
http://goo.gl/KVYk2p

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

2014-2015 Budget : Federal Government - February 11

NOTE: The links in this section are in reverse chronological order.

Harper Government Releases Economic and Fiscal Update
Canada remains on track for a balanced budget in 2015

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=2&nid=903509&crtr.tp1D=1
News Release
November 12, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released the annual Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections,which confirms that the Government remains on track for a balanced budget in 2015, with an expected surplus of $1.9 billion.

Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
http://www.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/pub/toc-tdm-eng.html
[ PDF version (3.4MB, 80 pages) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/pub/pdf/efp-peb-14-eng.pdf ]

Frequently Asked Questions: Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afc/faq/efp-peb-14-eng.asp

Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html

Source:
Department of Finance

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

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Related links

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

The political point of Joe Oliver’s economic update: Walkom
By spending the surplus, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want to put Liberals, NDP in an impossible bind.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/12/the_political_point_of_joe_olivers_economic_update_walkom.html
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his party will fight the government's proposed income splitting, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the proposal reflects the government being 'out of touch.'
By Thomas Walkom
November 12, 2014
Sorry, Justin Trudeau. Tough luck, Tom Mulcair. We’ve spent all the money. There’s nothing left. That, in a nutshell, is the message Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered to the opposition parties Wednesday in a particularly partisan economic update.
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Mulcair & Trudeau criticize government's fiscal plans (video, duration 1:15)
http://www.thestar.com/news/2014/11/12/mulcair_trudeau_criticize_government_s_fiscal_plans.html
November 12, 2014
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his party will fight the government's proposed income splitting, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the proposal reflects the government being 'out of touch.'
.
Ottawa’s economic update previews 2015 election clashes (video, duration 1:19)
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/12/ottawa_to_post_small_29b_budget_deficit.html
Wed Nov 12 2014
The latest look at the financial books showed Ottawa would have been much better off financially if the government had not recently announced a package of tax-and-spending breaks for families.

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

Joe Oliver challenges Justin Trudeau for middle-class votes
Finance minister's economic update promises 2015 surplus

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/joe-oliver-challenges-justin-trudeau-for-middle-class-votes-1.2832413
By Laura Payton
November 12, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver used his 2014 fall economic update to challenge the opposition parties — and specifically Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau — over their plans for an already spent federal surplus.
Canada will see a razor-thin $1.9-billion surplus in 2015, Oliver said today, after the Conservatives committed billions to tax cuts announced weeks ago. And that narrow surplus is a number that the Conservatives are already using to argue that only they can keep the country's economy on track.
.
Click the link above to access the following related articles:
*
Federal deficit shrinks to $300 million in August
* Stephen Harper says last year's deficit was $5.2B, down from $16.6B
* Joe Oliver says he'll balance the budget despite falling oil prices
* Canada's deficits and surpluses, 1963-2014

* Income splitting: What it is and who it benefits
* Infographic: Income splitting and the 'family tax cut'

From the
Department of Finance Canada:

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

Harper's Canada: Using omnibus budget bills to deny health and social assistance to refugees
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians/2014/11/harpers-canada-using-omnibus-budget-bills-to-deny-health-so
By Michael Butler
November 3, 2014
This past Friday, the Federal Court of Appeal made the decision to uphold a ruling from earlier this summer which stated that the Conservative government must reverse its unconstitutional, “cruel and unusual” cuts to refugee health care. The federal government had been trying to delay having to reinstate the Interim Federal Health Program, but this ruling against the federal government gives them until November 4th to restore access to these health benefits for refugees.

People from all walks of society have been protesting these cuts to the most basic of human rights in Canada. Upholding this decision is a major victory against the xenophobia, racism and outright callousness displayed by the federal government.
(...)
Predicting that the Federal Court of Appeal would not be ruling in the Conservative government’s favour (due to the predatory nature of their bill), a private member bill - Bill C-585 -had been snaking its waythrough parliament to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. This bill would allow provinces to individually impose residency requirements for eligibility for social assistance benefits and restrict access to those benefits by refugees.
(...)
Now, the Conservative government has returned with another omnibus budget bill (Bill C-43, at almost 500 pages this time). Much like previous installments, this is what the Conservative government does when it wants to make major changes to policy and law without having serious debate or oversight. Not surprisingly, buried in this abuse of process and contempt for parliament is bill C-585 (sections 172 and 173). For a substantive and thoughtful backgrounder on what this will mean for refugee claimants, see http://www.health4all.ca/denying-refugee-claimants-social-assistance-rolled-into-budget-bill/

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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Related links from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

Take Action: Bill C-585 Moved into Federal Budget
ISAC appears at Senate hearing on November 6
http://goo.gl/8HHZ1y

- includes a brief history of Private Member's Bill C-585, the provisions of which got a big boost on October 23, with the tabling of the Harper Government's third (or was it fourth?) omnibus BillC-43...

Read the ISAC presentation immediately below for an analysis of the impacts of denying social assistance to refugees and the implications of a weakened national standard under the Canada Social Transfer (federal funding for provincial/territorial social assistance).

ISAC Presentation to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Bill C-43 (Budget Bill), sections 172 & 173
Amendments to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act
(PDF - 135K, 6 pages)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/C-43SenateCommitteePresentationNov62014.pdf
November 6, 2014
By Marie Chen

ISAC Staff Lawyer

Thank you for inviting us to be part of this panel. We welcome the opportunity to speak about sections 172 and 173 of Budget Bill C-43 which propose to amend the Canada Social Transfer national standard in the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. ISAC opposes this amendment and asks that the Committee recommend that
sections 172 and 173 be rejected.
(...)
Canada has obligations under the Refugee Convention to protect refugees. People who have made claims in Canada are legally entitled to be in Canada while accessing the refugee determination process.

Take action!

Here are three things you can do to oppose this move:
1. Individuals - Sign the Petition

2. Organizations – Endorse an Open Letter
3. Forward this email right away to others who you know will also be concerned.
More info:
http://goo.gl/8HHZ1y

Also on the Take Action home page:
http://goo.gl/8HHZ1y
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]
*
Canadian Council for Refugees submission to the Senate Standing Committee
*
Globe and Mail: Federal omnibus Bill restricts refugee access to social assistance benefits
* Globe and Mail: Refugee advocates blast proposed changes to welfare in budget bill
* CBC: Budget Bill's cuts to refugee assistance tops the Opposition’s list of complaints
* Toronto Star: New measure would put refugees at risk, say opposition MP
* An interview with Opposition MP on CBC’s The Current
* Globe and Mail editorial says Ottawa is "omnibusted"
* Letter to the Editor of the Toronto Star: Refugee bullying reaches new low
*
Amnesty International statement on how denying social assistance to refugee claimants violates international law

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/
The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) is a community-based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We have a provincial mandate to improve the income security of people living in Ontario through test case litigation, policy advocacy and community organizing.

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Related links:

BILL C-585
An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (period of residence)
First reading, April 4, 2014
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6515312

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Sections 172 & 173 of Bill C-43 (Budget Bill):
Amendments to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6737565&File=176#27

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November 8, 2014 ADDENDUM
Federal government points finger at Ontario over refugee welfare reform
http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1207404/ottawa-points-finger-at-ontario-over-refugee-welfare-reform/
The Ontario government has denied a suggestion by Ottawa that the province brought up the idea of imposing minimum residency requirement to restrict refugee access to government assistance.
On Thursday, a senior federal immigration director told a Senate committee that the idea — currently embedded in an omnibus budgetary bill C-43 — “came up” during conversations with Ontario officials over the province’s policy responses to Ottawa’s refugee reforms. (...) Bill C43 will go before the parliamentary finance and immigration committees on Nov. 18 and 19, and return to the House of Commons for a final vote as soon as the end of the month.

Source:
MetroNews
http://metronews.ca/news/

Harper Government Creating Jobs and Growth While Returning
to Balanced Budgets With Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-153-eng.asp
October 23, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today introduced the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, which proposes to implement measures from Economic Action Plan 2014 and other measures that will support jobs, economic growth, families and communities, as well as improve the fairness and integrity of the tax system, as the Government returns to balanced budgets in 2015.

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

Bill C-43: A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures
http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6732518

Source:
Parliament of Canada
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html

Related link:

Conservative government pushes ahead with massive omnibus budget bill
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/10/24/conservative_pushes_ahead_with_massive_omnibus_budget_bill.html
October 24, 2014
The Harper government’s budget bill contains includes measures as wide ranging as tax breaks for those with student loan debt to plans for an Arctic research station. Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver's budget bill includes revisions to the Investment Canada Act and changes to the temporary foreign workers system, among other things.

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

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Bonus link:
NOTE : the content of the link below isn't related to Economic Action Plan 2014.
I just came across the article and decided to share the uneasiness that I felt when I read it...
Thought Police?
AAAAARGH.

Here come the thought police
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/10/24/here-come-the-thought-police/
By Michael Spratt and Chelsea Moore
October 24, 2014
(...) Nobody should be surprised to see this government seize the moment created by Wednesday’s tragic events in Ottawa to advance its surveillance and law-and-order agenda. That’s what they do. After all, most of the Harper government’s criminal justice policy is reactive — seizing upon sensational incidents to provide a veneer of necessity and legitimacy. (...) Sadly, it appears the mere expansion of Canada’s surveillance apparatus may not satisfy Harper this time. He wants to police our opinions as well.

Source:
iPolitics.ca
http://www.ipolitics.ca/

Government Tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement Tax Relief Measures
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-151-eng.asp
October 20, 2014
The Government today tabled in the House of Commons a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement tax measures from Economic Action Plan 2014, as well as other measures. Today's Notice of Ways and Means Motion includes the same measures tabled on October 10, 2014, in addition to a new measure that amends the trust loss restriction event rules to provide relief for investment trusts that meet specific conditions.

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement certain provisions of the
budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures

http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/2014/bia-leb-oct20-1014-eng.asp
October 20, 2014

Additional Links:

Harper Government Tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement Tax Measures in Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-137-eng.asp
October 10, 2014

Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement certain provisions
of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures (PDF - 1.8MB, 281 pages)
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/2014/bia-leb-1014.pdf
October 10, 2014

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Prime Minister announces intention to double the Children's Fitness Tax Credit
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-136-eng.asp
Whitby, Ontario
October 9, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced our Government’s intention to double the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) and make it refundable. The maximum amount of expenses that may be claimed under the credit will be doubled from its current limit to $1,000 for the 2014 tax year and subsequent tax years, and the credit will be made refundable effective for the 2015 and subsequent tax years.
(...)
Our Government tabled a Ways and Means Motion in the House of Commons today which provides additional information on the proposed enhancements.

[ See the first link at the top of this section.]

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

Tories’ self-serving copyright amendment trivializes important issue: Editorial
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/10/tories_selfserving_copyright_amendment_trivializes_important_issue_editorial.html
October 10, 2014
We need to have a discussion about Canadian copyright law in the digital age.
Too bad the government is approaching the issue in bad faith.

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Canada Remains on Track to Balance Budget in 2015:
Minister of Finance reports smaller-than-expected deficit of $5.2 billion in 2013–14
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-131-eng.asp

October 6, 2014
News Release
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2013–14 [ http://www.fin.gc.ca/afr-rfa/2014/index-eng.asp ] . The report shows a sharp downward trend in the Government’s annual deficit, reflecting Canada’s improving economic position. In 2013–14, the deficit fell to $5.2 billion, a $10.7-billion improvement from the projection in Economic Action Plan 2014. The 2013–14 deficit is down by more than 90 per cent from the $55.6-billion deficit recorded in 2009–10.

Related Products:

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2013–14
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afr-rfa/2014/index-eng.asp ]

Fiscal Reference Tables—October 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/frt-trf/2014/frt-trf-14-eng.asp

Backgrounder: Highlights From the Annual Financial Report for 2013–14
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/data/14-131_1-eng.asp

Frequently Asked Questions About the Annual Financial Report
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afc/faq/afr-rfa-eng.asp

Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html

Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en/blog/economic-action-plan-2014

Minister of Finance Confirms Return to Balanced Budgets in 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-019-eng.asp
News Release
February 11, 2014
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty today tabled Economic Action Plan 2014, which confirms that the Government is on track to return to balanced budgets in 2015, with new measures that will create jobs and opportunities in an uncertain global economy.
- includes budget highlights (Supporting Jobs and Growth --- Supporting Families and Communities* --- Balancing the Budget)
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* Comment (by Gilles) : I had to laugh - but only figuratively - when I read (under Supporting Families...) the following:
"Expanding the Funeral and Burial Program so modern day veterans have access to a dignified funeral and burial."
Good of you to throw this bone to the vets, many of whom lost life and limb while serving our country in the Middle East, and to those returning from the war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Want to offer the vets some *real* dignity, Mister Harper? You can start by throwing that disrespectful piece of shit Bully-Boy Fantino out with the other trash. [ http://goo.gl/mKQNQx ]
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Budget Plan (427 pages)
HTML version:
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html
PDF version (3MB) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/plan/pdf/budget2014-eng.pdf

Budget in Brief (PDF - 1.9MB, 18 pages)
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/bb/pdf/brief-bref-eng.pdf

Budget Speech
HTML version :
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/speech-discours/2014-02-11-eng.html
PDF version (1.8MB, 10 pages) :
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/speech-discours/pdf/speech-discours-e.pdf

Related Products:

* Jobs Report: The State of the Canadian Labour Market (PDF 1.4MB)
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/jobs-emplois/pdf/jobs-emplois-eng.pdf

[NOTE : The three backgrounders below are also available in PDF format;
if you click a backgrounder link, the PDF link will appear on the next page.]

* Backgrounder: The Road to Balance
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/themes/road-voie-eng.html

* Backgrounder: Supporting Families and Communities
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/themes/famcom-famcol-eng.html

* Backgrounder: Jobs and Growth
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/themes/jobs-emplois-eng.html

* EAP 2014 Overview Video
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/media/Videos/overview-apercu-eng.html

Source:
Canada's Economic Action Plan - home page
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en

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Media coverage

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

Ten highlights of the 2014 federal budget released Tuesday
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/10_highlights_of_the_federal_budget.html

Flaherty budget a masterpiece of hype: Walkom
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/flaherty_budget_a_masterpiece_of_hype_walkom.html

Jim Flaherty unveils grab bag federal budget
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/jim_flaherty_unveils_grab_bag_federal_budget.html

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From the Globe and Mail:
[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

Jim Flaherty’s public finance on autopilot
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/jim-flahertys-public-finance-on-autopilot/article16812006/

Squeezing public-sector benefit plan is key to Tories' budget balancing act
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/budget-head/article16805408/

Federal budget takes aim at erasing deficit by 2015
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-delivers-federal-budget/article16788927/

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

Budget 2014 at a glance
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/budget-2014/

Budget 2014: Government to thwart suspended senators’ pension eligibility
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/budget-2014-government-to-thwart-suspended-senators-pension-eligibility-1.2530711

Federal budget a political road map to next election
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservative-budget-a-political-road-map-to-next-election-1.2533070

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From CTV News:
[ http://www.ctvnews.ca/ ]

Flaherty touts 'common-sense' budget; opposition says it falls short
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/flaherty-touts-common-sense-budget-opposition-says-it-falls-short-1.1682521

Reaction to 2014 federal budget: What the critics think
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/reaction-to-2014-federal-budget-what-the-critics-think-1.1681410

Federal budget 2014: Skills training, infrastructure top the agenda
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/federal-budget-2014-skills-training-infrastructure-top-the-agenda-1.1681254

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Budget analysis, selected NGOs

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From rabble.ca:
[ http://rabble.ca/ ]

Young workers left behind in budget 2014
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/behind-numbers/2014/02/young-workers-left-behind-budget-2014

Comments on Budget 2014
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians/2014/02/comments-on-bdgt14-harpers-trade-policy-and-jobs

Missing in action: Federal budget 2014
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2014/02/missing-action-federal-budget-2014

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

2014 Federal Budget Analysis
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/2014-federal-budget-analysis
- includes budget analysis by: Assembly of First Nations - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Canadian Community Economic Development Network - Canadian Council for International Co-operation - Canadians for Tax Fairness - Canadian Union of Public Employees - Council of Canadians

Who will they come for next? Charities and the federal budget
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/02/11/who-will-they-come-for-next/

Budget 2014: Let stagnation reign
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/02/11/budget-2014-let-stagnation-reign/

What if you were finance minister for a day?
http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=196764
By Trish Hennessy, director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office

Bad Math: Why Budget 2014 fails to add up for women
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/02/21/bad-math-why-budget-2014-fails-to-add-up-for-women/

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From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

[ http://www.caledoninst.org/ ]

The 2014 Unbalanced Budget (PDF - 116K, 33 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1037ENG.pdf
Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
February 2014
A balanced Budget is the holy grail of finance – and of Finance. This year, it was not to be. The 2014 federal Budget was not in balance. Because the 2014 Budget has a $3.0 billion contingency fund and a $2.9 billion deficit, it is actually projected to be balanced from a fiscal perspective. But it is severely unbalanced in that it fails to address serious social problems currently plaguing the country.

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees:
[ http://cupe.ca/ ]

Federal Budget 2014: no help, all hurt for Canadian workers
http://cupe.ca/economics/federal-budget-2014-help-hurt-canadian

Missing In Action: CUPE Federal Budget 2014 Response
http://cupe.ca/economics/missing-action-federal-budget-2014

Striking a Better Balance: Alternative Federal Budget 2014
http://cupe.ca/economics/striking-balance-alternative-federal

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From the
Assembly of First Nations:
[ http://www.afn.ca/ ]

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Welcomes Secured Funding for First Nations Education, Calls for Continued Action in Priority Areas.
http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/news-media/latest-news/assembly-of-first-nations-national-chief-welcomes-secured-funding-for-

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Thanks to Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre for the following links:

* Campaign 2000: Children in poverty wait while surplus accumulates
http://www.campaign2000.ca/

* Canada Without Poverty: Federal budget forgets the poor
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2014/02/a-federal-budget-without-solutions-or-vision/

* Canadians for Tax Fairness: Talk about tax fairness but not much action
http://www.taxfairness.ca/news/budget-2014-talk-about-tax-fairness-not-much-action

Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Federal budget includes funding to help people with disabilities find employment
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/employment/Press-Release-12Feb2014
Star coverage:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/job_training_for_canadians_with_intellectual_disabilities_gets_boost_in_federal_budget.html

* Peter Clutterbuck: Tax delivered benefits don’t come close to the value of national programs
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/02/11/peter-clutterbuck-budgets-should-help-citizens-not-just-taxpayers/

* MacEwen: Young workers left behind in federal budget
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/behind-numbers/2014/02/young-workers-left-behind-budget-2014

* Walkom: A real budget would address the jobs issue head-on. This one does not
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/flaherty_budget_a_masterpiece_of_hype_walkom.html

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From the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

The Future We Want:
Recommendations for the 2014 Budget
(PDF - 1.5MB, 132 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6380037/412_FINA_Rpt02_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt02-e.pdf
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance
James Rajotte, Chair
December 2013
NOTE : This report contains hundreds of links to briefs and submissions by groups and individuals (in the fall of 2013) to the 2014 federal budget consultation, along with some links to information about federal programs mentioned in those briefs.

2014-2015 Budget : Northwest Territories - February 6

From the
Northwest Territories Finance Department:
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/

2014-2015 Budget : Northwest Territories
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/index.htm
February 6, 2014
Main page for all budget documents for the current year and back to 1999-2000
(Francophones : vous y trouverez également des liens vers la version française des documents budgétaires.)

Budget Highlights (PDF - 240K, 4 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2014-15%20Budget%20Highlights.pdf

2014 - 2015 Budget Address : Northwest Territories (PDF - 612K, 56 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/archive/documents/2014-15%20Budget%20Address%20and%20Papers.pdf
- , this link will take you to a single PDF file containing the complete text of the Budget Address PLUS the following budget papers:
* Budget Highlights * Economic Review * Fiscal Review * Revenues * Expenditures
(...)
Taking action to respond to the Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework is a priority for this Legislative Assembly and we have added $2.6 million in new funding for actions to support this Framework. This funding includes $1 million to provide healthy and nutritious food to children and youth through early childhood, school and after-school programs, $500,000 to fund non-governmental organizations and Aboriginal governments for projects that support the priorities in the Framework, and $680,000 for transitional housing units in four non-market communities to support "hard to house" residents unable to access other housing options.
(Excerpt from the Budget Address: page 7 in the paper or page 9 in the PDF file).

Alternative Federal Budget 2014 : Striking a Better Balance - February 5
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Alternative Federal Budget 2014:
Striking a Better Balance

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2014
February 5, 2014
The Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns. It delivers a plan that would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4%—and still balance the budget one year later than the federal government plan.

Complete report (PDF - 1.9MB, 168 pages):
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/02/AFB2014_MainDocument.pdf

Budget in Brief (PDF - 516K, 32 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/02/AFB2014_BudgetInBrief.pdf
The Alternative Federal Budget provides a concrete plan to raise the standard of living for everyone in Canada. Instead of providing tax breaks for those with money to spare, the AFB will close tax loopholes, replace boutique tax breaks with progressive taxes on the highest income earners, and provide income supports for those who need them most. Collectively, these changes will lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty — including 260,000 children and 300,000 seniors.
(Intro, page 5)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

New Brunswick 2014-15 Budget - February 4, 2014

From the
New Brunswick Dept. of Finance:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance.html

2014-15 budget freezing taxes, reducing deficit, making strategic investments
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2014.02.0116.html
February 4, 2014
News Release & Highlights
The provincial government tabled its 2014-15 capital and operating budgets today. They reduce the provincial deficit, freeze taxes and provide strategic investments in programs, infrastructure and innovation. The operating budget includes a clear, multi-year plan to return to balanced budgets by 2017-18. (...) For 2014-15, the provincial government is projecting a deficit of $391 million, down from $564 million at third quarter in 2013-14. Revenues are expected to increase by 4.3 per cent in 2014-15 from 2013-14 third-quarter estimates, surpassing $8 billion.
(...)
Cost-saving measures will allow for new investments in 2014-15, including:
----- social assistance rates will be increased a further three per cent this April after being increased by four per cent last fall;
----- $27 million for the New Brunswick Drug Plan, which will provide affordable drug insurance to 70,000 families with no drug coverage;
----- $7.2 million for the new Home First Strategy, designed to help improve seniors' health and keep them in their own homes longer than before;
----- funding for those living with and supporting adult children with disabilities;
----- More...
[Click the link above for more detailed figures.]

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2014-2015 Budget - Main page
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2014-2015/budget.html
- incl. links to budget documents, some of which appear below.
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Version française:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget/2014-2015/budget.html
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Budget Speech (PDF - 1.1MB, 31 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/2014-2015Budget.pdf

2014-2015 Economic Outlook (PDF - 300K, 12 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/EconomicOutlook2014-2015.pdf

2014-2015 Main Estimates (PDF - 1MB, 291 pages)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2014-2015/MainEstimates2014-2015BudgetPrincipal.pdf

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Budgets for earlier years:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget.html
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Version française:

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget.html

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From the CBC:

Provincial Budget 2014
Blaine Higgs pushes back balanced budget to 2018
http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/budget2014/
New Brunswick's debt to cross $12B threshhold next year, as book-balancing falls behind schedule

Taxes, fees left alone as budget holds line on spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/taxes-fees-left-alone-as-budget-holds-line-on-spending-1.2522801
Capital spending on roads, hospitals, schools and other projects sees only $35M in new money
February 4, 2014
Finance Minister Blaine Higgs limited new spending in his capital budget for 2014-15 to just $35 million for improvements to roads, hospital and schools.The scarcity of new money for major projects comes despite this being an election year, with New Brunswickers set to go to the polls on Sept. 22.

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From
TD Bank Economics:

New Brunswick generates a deficit elimination timetable (PDF - 269K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/NB2014.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

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

From the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Finance website:

The Future We Want:
Recommendations for the 2014 Federal Budget

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6382466&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
December 10, 2013
Today, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance tabled its report on pre-budget consultations for 2013.
The report, entitled The Future We Want: Recommendations for the 2014 Budget, contains 48 recommendations related to 6 topics:
* fiscal sustainability and economic growth
* vulnerable Canadians
* research and innovation
* rural and urban communities
* government efficiency
* employment opportunities

Complete report:

The Future We Want: Recommendations for the 2014 Budget (PDF - 1.5MB, 132 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6380037/412_FINA_Rpt02_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt02-e.pdf
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance
James Rajotte, Chair
December 2013
NOTE : This report contains hundreds of links to briefs and submissions by groups and individuals (in the fall of 2013) to the 2014 federal budget consultation, along with some links to information about federal programs mentioned in those briefs.

Pre-Budget Consultations
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6264805&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2



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