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March 21, 2012

Canada is in the happy position of being able to address its fiscal challenges not just through eliminating deficits, but also by promoting growth in the economy and the tax base, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In Achieving Balance, Spurring Growth: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2012, authors Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson present, first, an accelerated plan to achieve budgetary surplus in three years; and second, a series of low-cost initiatives designed to foster economic growth.


Alexandre Laurin
Alexandre Laurin

Alexandre Laurin joined the C.D. Howe Institute in 2008 and became Director of Research in 2014.

From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Laurin worked for the Parliamentary Information and Research Service where he provided reports, analysis and policy advice to Members of the House of Commons and the Senate and to parliamentary committees on a non-partisan and confidential basis.

William B.P. Robson
William Robson

Bill Robson took office as CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research from 2000 to 2003. He has written more than 240 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues.