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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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Enduring Virtues: Saving and Investing as National Priorities in 2017
January 31, 2017 - William B.P. Robson

Sagging national saving, undermined by government deficits, threaten Canada’s future economic prosperity, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Enduring Virtues: Saving and...

Two Sets of Books at City Hall? Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Cities
November 24, 2016 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Jennifer Y. Tsao

Annual budgets in most of Canada’s major cities are a mess – excluding key activities, using inconsistent accounting, burying crucial numbers where only experts can find them, and often voted well...

Adaptability, Accountability and Sustainability: Intergovernmental Fiscal Arrangements in Canada

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...

Managing the Costs of Healthcare for an Aging Population: The Fiscal Impact of New Brunswick’s Demographic Glacier
January 16, 2015 - Aaron Jacobs, Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson

New Brunswick faces a $68 billion fiscal burden – the future tax bill for increased healthcare costs over the next half-century – and should prepare now for the coming demographic squeeze, says a...

Robson, Omran - We would sell foreigners more goods and services if we sold them less government debt
Intelligence Memos
From: Bill Robson and Farah Omran To: Canadians Worried about our Weak Trade Performance Date: September 6, 2018 Re: We would sell foreigners more goods and services if we sold them less government...
Robson, Omran - Fiscal Accountability – How to Improve Your Grades
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Finance Date: May 14, 2018 Re:  Fiscal Accountability – How to Improve Your Grades Our latest report on how well,...
Robson, Omran - Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Finance Ministers Date: May 3, 2018 Re: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments Canada’s senior governments tax and spend a...
Le défi budgétaire de la population vieillissante : planifier les coûts des soins de santé au Québec
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Les Québécois traînent un fardeau fiscal évalué à 682 milliards de $, c.-à-d. les impôts additionnels qui devront être prélevés au cours du prochain demi-siècle pour faire face à l’augmentation des...
La gestion des coûts des soins de santé pour une population vieillissante : le défi fiscal que le Québec n’a pas encore relevé
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Les Québécois portent un lourd fardeau financier de 768 milliards de dollars – la facture d’impôt la plus élevée pour l’augmentation des dépenses de santé au cours du prochain demi-siècle – et...

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