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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...

Canada's 2018 Innovation Policy Report Card
February 28, 2018 - Daniel Schwanen and Rosalie Wyonch

This E-Brief introduces a new innovation policy report card, comparing key policy indicators affecting innovation performance across 14 countries, focusing on the implications for Canada.

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Righting the Course: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2018

Ottawa must think long-term, and restore confidence in the sustainability of fiscal policy while responding to sharper competitive pressure on trade and taxation, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s...

Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2017
April 25, 2017 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson

Alberta and New Brunswick come out on top in the Institute’s latest report card on government financial reporting, with Prince Edward Island trailing the pack. In Numbers You can Trust? The...

Getting Real: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2017

Ottawa should set out a path back toward balance to inspire confidence among savers and investors, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget. In “Getting Real: A Shadow Federal...

Controlling the Public Purse: The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2016
April 11, 2016 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments have cumulatively spent $69 billion more than budgeted over the past 15 years, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “...

Michael Lindsay - Navigating icebergs en route to a balanced budget
Intelligence Memos
From: Michael Lindsay To: Premier-Designate Doug Ford Date: June 29, 2018 Re: Navigating icebergs en route to a balanced budget In the recent election campaign, you expressed a desire to move in a “...
Alexandre Laurin - Missed Opportunity: Ontario’s Free Child Care Unlikely to Produce Quebec’s Economic Boost
Intelligence Memos
From: Alexandre Laurin To: Concerned Ontarians Date: April 5, 2018 Re: Missed Opportunity: Ontario’s Free Child Care Unlikely to Produce Quebec’s Economic Boost Last week, two days before it tabled...
Budget 2018: Our First Take
Intelligence Memos
From: The C.D. Howe Institute To: Concerned Canadians Date: February 28, 2018 Re: Budget 2018: Our First Take OVERVIEWBill Robson, President and CEO: Federal budgets show an increasing tendency to...

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