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Public Governance and Accountability


This research area concerns public institutions and rules governing decision-making in government or in government-supported organisations, affecting economic outcomes. It covers, for example, the role and governance of charities, federalism and urban governance issues, and questions of accountability and transparency in government.

The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
May 1, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Canada’s senior governments tax and spend a lot, but don’t consistently tell us what they are doing, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal...
Buildings with Benefits: The Defect of Density Bonusing
April 17, 2018 - Aaron Moore
Ontario should scrap arbitrary and opaque density bonusing deals between municipalities and developers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Buildings with Benefits: The Defect...
Fuzzy Finances: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Municipalities
November 28, 2017 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Farah Omran
Canada’s major cities tend to understate revenue and spending, wait too long to release budgets, and confuse taxpayers with obscure figures in their financial reports, finds a new study from the C.D...
Revisions to Economic Statistics and Their Impact on Policymaking
October 17, 2017 - Philip Cross
Policymakers need not be the passive victims of revisions to the economic data they are scrutinizing, according to a report by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Revisions to Economic Statistics and Their...
Premium Compensation: The Ballooning Cost of Federal Government Employees
The cost of federal employees has risen rapidly, with total compensation per employee jumping nearly 5% per year on average over the past decade, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...
Defining the Public Interest in Regulatory Decisions: The Case for Economic Efficiency
May 9, 2017 - Jeffrey Church
Canada’s public utility regulators, in sectors ranging from energy to telecommunications, are facing a crisis of legitimacy because they promise more than they can deliver and do not deliver what...
William B.P. Robson - Stimulus is Over – Now Your Spending is Crowding Everyone Else Out
Intelligence Memos
Federal budgets are an annual rite of spring in Ottawa, as is the deluge of advice to the Department of Finance. But budget-making is a yearlong process, and the work is now in progress. Accordingly...
Bill Robson - Ottawa Comes Part-Way Clean on its Pensions
Intelligence Memos
From: William B.P. Robson To: Canadian Taxpayers Date: October 19, 2018 Re: Ottawa Comes Part-Way Clean on its Pensions The federal government just released its financial results for the 2017/18...
Farah Omran - Eyes on the Prize: Ontario’s Real Economic Priorities
Intelligence Memos
To: The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario From: Farah Omran Date: September 26, 2018 Re: Eyes on the Prize: Ontario’s Real Economic Priorities With other distractions subsiding, and concerns...
22 Feb 2018
  • The Election is Coming: What Should the 2018 Ontario Budget Look Like?
Roundtable Luncheon with Benjamin Dachis, Rocco Rossi and Douglas E. Turnbull
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
18 Dec 2017
  • Leaders and Laggards: The 2017 Scorecard on Cities’ Financial Reporting
Roundtable Luncheon with Tim Beauchamp, Guillaume Lavoie, Bonnie Lysyk and Bill Robson
Monday, December 18, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
11 May 2017
  • The Ballooning Cost of Federal Government Employees
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute; and Alex Laurin, Director of Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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