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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...

Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin

More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact...

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...

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 “...

First Nations Own-Source Revenue: How Is the Money Spent?
October 14, 2015 - John Richards and Mark Krass

Revenues from First Nations business activities have grown substantially over the last generation. In Ontario, they now comprise nearly one third of First Nation government funds. Where does the...

John Palmer - Bread and Circuses Revisited. The Reality of Taxpayer Support for Arenas
Intelligence Memos
From: John Palmer To: Concerned Calgarians Date: September 19, 2017 Re: Bread and Circuses Revisited. The Reality of Taxpayer Support for Arenas Calgary is in the middle of the traditional Canadian...
Dachis and Robson - Municipal Fiscal Accountability in Toronto
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson To: Toronto City Council Date: December 22, 2016 Re: Municipal Fiscal Accountability in Toronto It’s budget season again here in Toronto. With all this...
Zachary Spicer - The Dreadful Conditions of Municipal Budgets
Intelligence Memos
From: Zachary Spicer To: City Councils Across Canada Date: November 30, 2016 Re: The Dreadful Conditions of Municipal Budgets In their recent report, Two Sets of Books at City Hall? Grading the...

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