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July 14, 2015

Spending control and greater reliance on their own revenues are more promising responses to provincial budget pressures than higher federal transfers, according to a new report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Adaptability, Accountability and Sustainability: Intergovernmental Fiscal Arrangements in Canada,” authors William Robson and Alexandre Laurin foresee demographic stresses on provincial government budgets, but argue that more federal money will undermine accountability and forestall needed reforms.


Intelligence Minute - Alexandre Laurin on the need to limit the growth of provincial transfers from C.D. Howe Institute on Vimeo.


Alexandre Laurin

Alexandre is the Director of Research and leads the fiscal policy program and the pension policy program at the C.D. Howe Institute. He joined the C.D. Howe Institute in 2008 and became Director of Research in 2014. From 1999 to 2008, Mr.

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 270 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues.