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Updated May 12, 2015
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Table of Contents for this page:
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The content on this page is in reverse chronological order, with the most recent addition at the top of the page.

NOTE : All federal, provincial and territorial budget pages are marked with an asterisk [ * ] below to make it easier for you to locate individual jurisdictions.

The 2015 Federal Budget and Housing: Too good to be true (May 7, 2015)

*Manitoba Budget 2015 (April 30, 2015)

The 2015 Federal Budget: Not a real seniors’ budget (April 25)

* Ontario 2015 Budget (April 23)

* Economic ActionPlan 2015 (a.k.a. The Federal Budget) (April 21)

Pre-Budget Outlook - Parliamentary Budget Officer (April 17)
Don’t double limit on tax-free savings accounts: Editorial - federal budget (April 9)

* Nova Scotia 2015-2016 Budget (April 9)

Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) : How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Child Care and Who Benefits? (March 31)

* New Brunswick 2015-2016 Budget (March 31)

* Alberta budget 2015-2016 (March 26)

* Budget du Québec 2015-2016 / Quebec 2015-2016 budget - 26 March/mars

Recent releases from Finance Canada:
--- Release of The Fiscal Monitor for January 2015
- March 27
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Harper Government Introduces Legislation to Put More Money in the Pockets of Parents
- March 27
--- Harper Government Tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement Tax Cuts for Families
- March 24

Alternative Federal Budget 2015 : Delivering the Good (March 19)

* Saskatchewan 2015-2016 Budget (March 18)

Doubling Contributions To The Tax Free Savings Account: Even Nastier Than Income Splitting (March 2)

* Nunavut Budget 2015-16 (February 25, 2015)

Federal and Provincial Budget Analysis : * TD Economics * Ernst & Young * Deloitte

* BC Budget 2015 + selected media coverage & analysis (Feb. 17, 2015)

Ontario Launches Online Consultation Tool (Feb. 10, 2015)
Do Conservatives understand how modern families work
? (Jan. 27, 2015)
IMF Country Report No. 14/27 : CANADA
(Feb. 2015)
Time for federal family policy to grow up: study
(Jan. 27, 2015)
Federal Pre-budget consultations across Canada
(Jan. 12, 2015)

Cut the Tax Cut - Caledon (Jan 2015)
House Finance Committee Tables Pre-Budget Report (Dec. 10, 2014)
Minister Oliver launches formal pre-budget consultations (Nov. 27, 2014)
By spending the surplus, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want to put Liberals, NDP in an impossible bind.
(Nov. 12, 2014)
Mulcair & Trudeau criticize government's fiscal plans (Nov. 12, 2014)

Back to the kitchen, Mrs. Cleaver: Income-splitting and social engineering - (Linda McQuaig) (Nov 5, 2014)
Canada Remains on Track to Balance Budget in 2015 : Finance Canada (October 6, 2014)
Ottawa should think hard before squandering money on income splitting : Caledon (October 3, 2014)
Finance Committee Document: Pre-Budget Consultations 2014 - for Budget 2015 (September 12, 2014)

Standing Committee on Finance invites Canadians to share their priorities for the 2015 federal budget (June 6, 2014)
Income Splitting in Canada: Inequality by Design (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) (April 9, 2014)
Income Splitting --- Perks for the Rich : (Trish) Hennessy’s Index for February 2014

 
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NOTE : The budget analyses below are from a more business/accounting/bean-counting perspective, and they are not included for each province and territory on the page you're now reading. You can, however, click any of the three links below to access this type of analysis for each budget.

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Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/gov_finances.jsp
- links to analysis by TD Economics of each federal, provincial and territorial budget after it is tabled.
Source:
TD Economics

http://www.td.com/economics/


Federal, provincial and territorial budgets
http://www.ey.com/CA/en/Services/Tax/Tax-Budgets-Provincial
Source:
Ernst & Young
http://www.ey.com/


2014 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
http://goo.gl/8lHHS2
Source:
Deloitte
http://www.deloitte.com/

Links below are organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent addition at the top.

The 2015 Federal Budget and Housing: Too good to be true (PDF - 82KB, 4 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1066ENG.pdf
Steve Pomeroy
May 2015
The 2015 federal Budget made commitments on affordable housing that were originally interpreted as a positive response to housing advocates’ call to sustain federal spending on maturing federal funding agreements. This interpretation was incorrect; spending on existing social housing will decline over the next several years. This article explains the misinterpretation and what is really happening.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

Manitoba Budget 2015 (April 30, 2015)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/index.html
- main budget page, incl. links to all budget papers, some of which appear below

Version française des documents budgétaires:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/index.fr.html
[NOTA : Certains documents budgétaires sont disponibles en anglais seulement ]

Steady growth, even more good jobs : Budget 2015 keeps building
Record Infrastructure Investments Create Jobs, Protect Services: Minister Dewar
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=&item=34730
News release
April 30, 2015
Budget 2015 is a plan to deliver on the priorities of Manitoba families – more jobs, better roads and stronger services, Finance Minister Greg Dewar said today.

THE BUDGET (PDF - 397KB, 48 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/summary.pdf
April 30, 2015

The 2015 Manitoba Budget Address (PDF - 127K, 12 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/speech15.pdf
Honourable Greg Dewar
Minister of Finance
April 30, 2015

Economic Review and Outlook (PDF)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/economy.pdf

Supplementary Financial Information (PDF)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/finstats.pdf

The Manitoba Advantage (PDF)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/advantage.pdf

Update on Fiscal Arrangements (PDF)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/fiscal_arrangements.pdf

Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion (PDF - 195KB, 24 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget15/papers/poverty.pdf
[Excerpt]
ALL ABOARD: MANITOBA’S POVERTY REDUCTION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION STRATEGY
In 2009, Manitoba launched All Aboard, the province’s Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy. Two years later, in 2011, The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act was passed. Manitoba is one of four provinces and one territory with poverty reduction legislation. However, Manitoba is the only province that requires the government to table a budget paper linking the Poverty Reduction Strategy to the annual budget.

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Related links:

All Aboard: Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/index.html

All Aboard Newsletter - Winter 2015 (PDF - 886 KB)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/pubs/newsletter_winter_15.pdf
[ Earlier All Aboard newsletters : http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/pub_archive.html ]

All Aboard Publications and Resources
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/resources_publications.html
- includes links to annual reports, action plans, budget papers, legislation, strategy and public consultations

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Related media
coverage from CBCNews:

Manitoba budget highlights: tax credits, minimum wage increase and more:
Province pledges to expand seniors' school tax rebate and tax credit for caregivers
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-budget-highlights-tax-credits-minimum-wage-increase-and-more-1.3056145
April 30, 2015

Manitoba's budget focuses on infrastructure, but maintains deficit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-s-budget-focuses-on-infrastructure-but-maintains-deficit-1.3056133

Manitoba budget sets aside $1.26B for infrastructure
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-budget-sets-aside-1-26b-for-infrastructure-1.3054983

Manitoba's finance minister says budget won't to be balanced until 2018
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-s-finance-minister-says-budget-won-t-to-be-balanced-until-2018-1.3048165

The 2015 Federal Budget: Not a real seniors’ budget
http://nationalseniorsproject.org/2015/04/25/the-2015-federal-budget-not-a-real-seniors-budget/
Posted on April 25, 2015
(...)
Seniors Vote, an initiative of dozens of seniors’ groups, called for major movement in the budget on four important issues:
1. Income security, including restoring OAS and GIS to age 65 from 67 and increasing the Canada Pension Plan.
2. Healthcare reform including increased funding for issues such as homecare and a national pharmacare plan
3. A national housing strategy for seniors to let them stay in their own homes or move into purpose built affordable housing.
4. Fighting inequality to assure all citizens, including seniors, can get out of poverty and their children can have decent jobs, not precarious work.
(...)
And yet there are no major moves on any of these four issues. Instead the Budget contains four measures which do not signify any major progress on any of the above key policy areas. So what does the Budget have for seniors?
* First, the budget increased the maximum annual Tax Free Savings Account contribution from $5500 to $10,000.
* The second major plank for seniors in the budget was the change in the mandatory rates of withdrawal from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs).
* The third major move touching seniors in the budget is the extension of the Compassionate Care EI leave from 6 weeks to 6 months.
* Finally, the budget outlined a non-refundable tax credit for seniors and people with disabilities who undertake home renovation projects.

Source:
Seniors Vote : Canadian Alliance of United Seniors
http://nationalseniorsproject.org/

Building Ontario Up:
2015 Ontario Budget
April 23, 2015

From the
Ontario Ministry of Finance:
[ http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en ]

Budget 2015 Makes Largest Infrastructure Investment in Ontario's History
Government Is Building Ontario Up, Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs

http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2015/04/budget-2015-makes-largest-infrastructure-investment-in-ontarios-history.html
News Release
April 23, 2015 4:10 P.M.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa today released the 2015 Budget, which makes possible an unprecedented investment in infrastructure to support economic growth and new jobs. The Budget acts on the government's commitment to finding more innovative ways to grow the economy while maintaining the vital public services that families and communities rely on. This includes unlocking the value of provincial assets to support the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history.

Building Ontario Up:
2015 Ontario Budget
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2015/
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers, backgrounders and other related content (incl. selected links to specific budget documents appearing below)

The Complete 2015 Ontario Budget
HTML version : http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2015/papers_all.html
PDF version
(3.4MB, 426 pages) : http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2015/papers_all.pdf

Budget 2015 Highlights
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2015/budhi.html
* Infrastructure: The Largest Investment in Ontario’s History
* Partnering with Business to Create Jobs
* Developing a Highly Skilled Workforce
* A Fair Society: Living and Working in Ontario
* Managing Responsibly

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Review and Analysis

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ ]

Ontario Budget 2015: Kicks the can on fixing Ontario’s real problems
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2015/04/23/ontario-budget-2015-kicks-the-can-on-fixing-ontarios-real-problems/
By Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen
April 23, 2015
CCPA-Ontario's economists Sheila Block, Kaylie Tiessen, and Hugh Mackenzie emerged from the April 23 Ontario budget lock up with this assessment: it's a procrastinator's budget – one that kicks the can down the road on fixing Ontario's revenue problem and on making needed public service investments.

Ontario Budget 2015 – throwing everything but infrastructure under the bus.
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2015/04/23/ontario-budget-2015-throwing-everything-but-infrastructure-under-the-bus/
April 23, 2015
By Hugh Mackenzie

Source:
Behind the Numbers
http://behindthenumbers.ca/
Behind the Numbers is the blog of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
(CCPA National Office):
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Authors Sheila Block, Kaylie Tiessen, and Hugh Mackenzie are economists with CCPA-Ontario.

CCPA-Ontario
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario

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Condo reforms, winter tires discounts and OSAP changes:
20 things to know about Ontario's 2015 budget

http://goo.gl/4HV8ND
April 24, 2015
Source:
National Post

[ http://www.nationalpost.com/ ]

Ontario ’s 2015 budget is an exercise in wishful thinking
http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/ontarios-2015-budget-is-an-exercise-in-wishful-thinking
April 24, 2015

Source:
Financial Post

http://www.financialpost.com/index.html

Economic ActionPlan 2015
(a.k.a. The Federal Budget)
April 21, 2015

Budget 2015 - home page
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html
- includes links to all budget documents, some of which appear below...

Economic Action Plan 2015
Minister Oliver Tables Balanced-Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth and Security

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-044-eng.asp
News release, includes extensive highlights and links to other budget docs

Budget Speech
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/speech-discours/2015-04-21-eng.html

Budget 2015 - Table of Contents
HTML version :
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html
PDF version (4.3MB, 528 pages) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/plan/budget2015-eng.pdf

The Budget in Brief
HTML :
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/bb/brief-bref-eng.html
PDF (1.2MB) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/bb/brief-bref-eng.pdf

Download Budget Papers
and backgrounders (PDF files):

http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/download-telecharger/index-eng.html
* Budget Plan
* Budget in Brief
* News Release
* Speech
* Balancing the Budget
* Training a Highly Skilled Workforce
* Protecting Canadians
* Industry and Innovation
* Building Infrastructure, Creating Jobs
* Helping Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Create Jobs
* Helping Families Make Ends Meet [ http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/themes/families-familles-eng.pdf ]

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Selected media/NGO
analysis and commentary:

2015 Federal Budget Analysis
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/budget2015
Click the link above to access the following commentary and analysis of the 2015 federal budget

* Water funding in federal budget a mirage, by Emma Lui (Council of Canadians)
* HarperCons table election budget, cross their fingers, by Trish Hennessy (CCPA-ON)
* Armine Yalnizyan and her co-panelists discuss the federal budget on The Exchange with Amanda Lang (CBC)
* The Big Picture: More tax cuts for the rich, nothing for jobs and working Canadians, by Toby Sanger (CUPE)
* Harper government's vaunted economic prowess fails, Lynne Fernandez (CCPA-MB)
* My “Top Five” Most Outrageous Things About This Budget, by Jim Stanford (Unifor)
* We don’t need a surplus, we need jobs, by David Macdonald (CCPA)
* Budget 2015: Here’s a cheque, now go create some jobs, by Kate McInturff (CCPA)
* Three Things You Need To Know, Going Into This Year’s Federal Budget, by Armine Yalnizyan (CCPA)
* The TFSA Shouldn’t Be Scrapped, It Should Be Fixed: Budget 2015, by Armine Yalnizyan (CCPA)
* A Better Balance: Five Items That Should Be in the Federal Budget But Won’t Be, by David Macdonald (CCPA)
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Responses to Budget 2015 from the following organizations:
Click the link above to access responses by each of the following groups:
.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Association of Canadian Financial Officers (ACFO) Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAC) Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Unifor

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From the CBC:

A promises-kept budget, if you ignore the sleight of hand
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/joe-oliver-s-promises-kept-budget-ignore-the-sleight-of-hand-1.3043145

Joe Oliver defends his budget (video, duration 8:15)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2665076425/

Federal budget 2015: How Joe Oliver balanced the books
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/federal-budget-2015-how-joe-oliver-balanced-the-books-1.3040856

Conservatives dig into contingency to hit surplus
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-budget-2015-conservatives-dig-into-contingency-to-hit-surplus-1.3041628

Federal budget 2015: Highlights of Joe Oliver's fiscal plan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-budget-2015-highlights-of-joe-oliver-s-fiscal-plan-1.3041644

Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde calls Budget 2015
a 'status quo' budget that falls short for First Nations
(video, duration 4:12)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2665033167/

More CBC coverage of the federal budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/topic/Tag/Federal%20budget%202015

Pre-Budget Outlook (PDF - 290KB, 12 pages)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/PreBudgetOutlook2015.pdf
Ottawa, Canada
17 April 2015
The mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the Government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.

Projections presented in this report include only fiscal measures that have been announced prior to Budget 2015. PBO will update its economic and fiscal projections for new measures in the 2015 budget and provide related analysis in a future report. Projections presented in this report are based on data up to and including April 10, 2015.

Source:
Parliamentary Budget Officer

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/

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Related links

From Investors.com:
[ http://www.investors.com/ ]

Canada's Harper May Balance The Budget A Year Early
http://news.investors.com/politics/041715-748385-canada-cuts-spending-to-balance-its-budget.htm
By Bloomberg News

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From Huffington Post:

Ottawa To Balance Budget One Year Ahead Of Schedule: PBO
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/04/17/ottawa-on-track-to-balanc_n_7088186.html
By Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press
[ http://www.thecanadianpress.com/ ]
April 17, 2015

Don’t double limit on tax-free savings accounts: Editorial
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/04/10/dont-double-limit-on-tax-free-savings-accounts-editorial.html
Canada’s parliamentary budget officer warns that doubling TFSA contributions will cost federal and provincial governments $39.3 billion a year by 2080.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

From Nova Scotia Finance:
[ http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/ ]

Budget 2015-16 Measures Reduce Spending, Restructure Government
http://novascotia.ca/News/Release/?id=20150409001
News Release
April 9, 2015
The 2015-16 budget holds the line on spending, restructures and reduces the size of government and continues to clear the way for private-sector growth.

Budget Highlights for Fiscal Year 2015-16
http://novascotia.ca/News/Release/?id=20150409002
News Release
April 9, 2015
Budget 2015-2016 holds the line on spending, restructures and reduces the size of government, and continues to clear the way for private-sector growth.

Nova Scotia 2015-2016 Budget
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2014-2016.aspx
- main budget page, offers links to all budget papers including those copied below.

Budget Highlights (PDF)
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2015/Budget_Highlights.pdf

Budget Address
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/budget2015/Budget_Address.pdf

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Related links

From the CBC:

Nova Scotia Budget: Winners and losers
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-budget-winners-and-losers-1.3026521
April 9, 2015
The Nova Scotia government is forecasting a deficit of $97.6 million for 2015-2016, which would cut the budget shortfall by more than half.

Nova Scotia government delivers hard-line budget, cuts 320 jobs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-government-delivers-hard-line-budget-cuts-320-jobs-1.3026488

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm


From the
Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO):

March 31, 2015
How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Child Care and Who Benefits? (PDF - 717KB, 31 pages)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Child_Care_EN.pdf
This report examines federal spending on child care, and estimates the fiscal impact of recent announcements to enhance the Universal Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Expense Deduction. This report also provides a distributional analysis and includes the impact the proposed repeal of the Child Tax Credit will have on the value of families’ federal child care benefits.

Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
Introduction
Context
--- Two Major Federal Child Care Benefits
--- Overall Federal Government Child Care Spending
--- Distribution to Families
Child Care Enhancements
--- Increase in Federal Spending
--- Household Child Care Expenses
--- Future Distribution to Families
--- Conclusion
Appendix A : Methodology
Appendix B : Federal Child Care Policies
Appendix C : Sensitivity Analysis

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March 31, 2015
How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Child Care and Who Benefits? (PDF - 732KB, 10 slides)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/ChildCare_Report_Slides_EN.pdf
PowerPoint Presentation

Source:
Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/
The mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.

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Related links:

From the
Globe and Mail:

[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

Family tax breaks to benefit parents with no childcare expenses: PBO
By Bill Curry
March 31 2015
This year’s expansion of the Universal Child Care Benefit will deliver billions of dollars to parents with no child-care expenses at all, according to an analysis from the Parliamentary Budget Officer that has reignited debate over Ottawa’s approach to child care.

Jean-Denis Fréchette, the PBO, released a report Tuesday that found the Conservative government’s latest child-care measures will bring total federal spending on child care to nearly $8-billion a year. The report notes this is a major increase over the $600-million spent by Ottawa prior to 2006, when the Conservatives came to power promising the Universal Child Care Benefit. The nearly $8-billion in credits and tax breaks will outpace the $5.7-billion in total household spending claimed for child care.

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From the
Ottawa Citizen:
[ http://ottawacitizen.com/ ]

Federal spending on child care to almost double: budget watchdog
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/federal-spending-on-child-care-to-almost-double-budget-watchdog
By Jordan Press
March 31, 2015
Federal spending on child care will almost double, to approximately $8 billion by the 2017-18 fiscal year from more than $4 billion this fiscal year, according to the parliamentary budget watchdog. In a report released Tuesday, the PBO estimated that even with an increase in the monthly universal child care benefit to $160 a month from $100, families with children under age 13 will receive proportionally less in federal funds to cover child care costs than other families, some of whom have no child care costs whatsoever.

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From the
Toronto Star:
[ http://www.thestar.com/ ]

Families without child care costs get most of Tories’ enhanced child care spending, budget officer says
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/03/31/families-without-child-care-costs-get-most-of-tories-child-care-spending-budget-officer-says.html
PBO says families with no child care expenses to get bulk of benefits from Ottawa’s enhanced child care support.

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From
CBC News:

Conservatives defend child-care benefits in wake of PBO report:
New parliamentary budget office report crunches numbers on $7.7B in federal child-care spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservatives-defend-child-care-benefits-in-wake-of-pbo-report-1.3016355
By Tom Parry
March 31, 2015

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From
CTV News:

[ http://www.ctvnews.ca/ ]

Family Tax Cut to cost $2.2B in 2015: Parliamentary Budget Officer
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/family-tax-cut-to-cost-2-2b-in-2015-parliamentary-budget-officer-1.2283363
The measure will benefit about two million, or 15 per cent, of Canadian households, the report says.

NOTA : Sur la version française de la page principale du budget 2015-2016 [ http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/fr/ministeres/finances/budget/2015-2016/budget.html ], vous trouverez un lien vers la version française de chacun des documents ci-dessous, à l'exception des textes des médias, qui sont dans la langue d'origine.

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New Brunswick 2015-2016 Budget
31 March 2015

From New Brunswick Finance:

Budget faces fiscal challenges, invests in job creation and families
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/news/news_release.2015.03.0231.html
News Release
31 March 2015
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government tabled its 2015-16 budget today which focuses on the government’s three key priorities: creating the conditions for job creation, facing our fiscal challenges and helping families. “We must face our fiscal challenges together so that we can continue to provide the key services our residents count on,” said Finance Minister Roger Melanson. “At the same time, this budget is guided by the principle of fairness, ensuring that those with the greatest ability to pay contribute more when it comes to addressing our fiscal situation.”
- includes extensive budget highlights!

New Brunswick 2015-2016 Budget - main page
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2015-2016/budget.html
31 March 2015
The provincial government tabled its 2015-16 budget today which will focus on the government’s three key priorities: creating the conditions for job creation, facing our fiscal challenges and helping families.
- includes links to all budget papers, some of which appear below:

Budget Speech (PDF) - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/BudgetSpeech2015-2016.pdf
Economic Outlook (PDF) - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/EconomicOutlook2015-2016.pdf
Main Estimates (PDF - 969KB, 266 pages) - http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/MainEstimates2015-2016BudgetPrincipal.pdf

2015-2016 Capital Budget : http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2015-2016/capital_budget.html
Capital Estimates (PDF - 164KB, 24 pages) : http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/fin/pdf/Budget/2015-2016/2015-2016CapitalEstimates-BudgetDeCapital2015-2016.pdf

New Brunswick Budgets for earlier years (back to 1999-2000)
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget.html

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Related links:

From CBC:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/ ]

New Brunswick budget hits up wealthy, seniors for cash
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-budget-hits-up-wealthy-seniors-for-cash-1.3016388
Roger Melanson cuts teachers, closes courts and Service New Brunswick outlets in first budget
By Alan White
March 31, 2015

Eight ways the New Brunswick budget may touch your pocketbook
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/8-ways-the-new-brunswick-budget-may-touch-your-pocketbook-1.3016426
Drivers, nursing home residents, the wealthy and ambulance users among those who will pay more
By Alan White
March 31, 2015
1. Drivers see taxes increase on gasoline
2. Two new tax brackets created for the richest New Brunswickers
3. Financial cap on nursing home care is lifted
4. Seniors' savings now considered in ability to pay
5. Ambulance fee waiver removed
6. Blue Cross premiums to increase
7. Tuition rebate program for post-secondary graduates cancelled.
8. Free parking for public servants to be eliminated
.

From the
Government of Alberta:

Budget 2015 sets a balanced direction for Alberta's future
http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=379486D767B80-E6B6-D13B-D2D8C1E809442C2F
News Release
March 26, 2015
Budget 2015 will invest in the programs and infrastructure Albertans need while holding the line on spending.
Guided by 10 Fiscal Principles and a matching 10-year vision (see both below), Budget 2015 includes five year fiscal and capital plans showing Albertans the long-term approach government is taking. Budget 2015 balances spending restraint with revenue enhancements and will use savings in the Contingency Account to address the province’s fiscal challenge.

Alberta Budget home page
http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/budget2015/index.html
Government is taking action to reduce expenses and create a long-term sustainable fiscal plan.
- main budget page, with links to all budget documents, including (but not limited to) the following:

* Budget 2015 Speech: A balanced direction for Alberta's future
http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=3795878522DC8-90B7-14E0-E1976AFFEC3D773C

* Budget Highlights
http://www.alberta.ca/budget-highlights.cfm

* Alberta's fiscal situation
http://www.alberta.ca/budget-fiscal-situation.cfm

* Ten Fiscal Principles (PDF)
http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/budget2015/fiscal-plan-overview.pdf#page=3

* Ten-year strategic plan (PDF)
http://alberta.ca/albertacode/images/GOA-10-Year-Strategic-Plan-March2015.pdf
The 10-year plan will bring stability to Alberta's public finances and secure a brighter future through the following actions:
* building affordable and efficient public services
* paying off debt and building up savings
* making strategic investments for our environment
* economy
* Society

Read:
Putting things right: A responsible, strategic plan to secure Alberta's future (PDF, 36 pages)
http://www.alberta.ca/albertacode/images/GOA-10-Year-Strategic-Plan-March2015.pdf

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Analysis : CBC News
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news]

An economist digs into Alberta’s budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/an-economist-digs-into-alberta-s-budget-1.3013676
By Janice Plumstead
March 28, 2015
A combination of tax and fee increases, spending cuts and borrowing will have the budget balanced by 2018. The plan is that after that, we will move to rely less on energy royalties and be able to save again. Whether the government will be able to hold the line on these commitments over time will be the biggest challenge.
[ Janice Plumstead is a senior economist with the Canada West Foundation. ]

Alberta budget delivers tax increases for 1st time in years:
Increases to liquor, fuel and tobacco taxes take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-budget-delivers-tax-increases-for-1st-time-in-years-1.3010696
March 26, 2015
For the first time in years, Alberta is introducing new taxes and will use that money to keep building infrastructure for the growing province.

Five things you need to know about the Alberta budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-budget-2015-5-things-you-need-to-know-1.3011244
(...) After six years of consecutive deficits, the province is projecting to have a surplus of $248 million this year. But Alberta is expected to return to a deficit budget in 2015 because oil prices have fallen roughly 50 per cent since last summer, causing a $7-billion revenue shortfall next year — which amounts to the entire education budget.

Food for Thought:
If Jim Prentice can roll out his budget, why can't Joe Oliver?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/if-jim-prentice-can-roll-out-his-budget-why-can-t-joe-oliver-1.3011195

NOTE: The English version of Quebec budget links appears below the French version.

Budget du Québec 2015-2016
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/index.asp
le 26 mars 2015
Le ministre des Finances, M. Carlos Leitão, a prononcé son discours sur le budget 2015-2016 le 26 mars 2015.
- Le plan économique en bref - faits saillants
- liens vers les documents budgétaires, les documents de référence (dont ceux ci-dessous) et les communiqués

Les documents budgétaires (fichiers PDF):

* Plan économique du Québec : Un budget équilibré
et un plan économique qui donneront un nouvel élan au Québec (163Ko)

http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/Communique_1fr.pdf
Communiqué
Québec, le 26 mars 2015 – Le ministre des Finances, M. Carlos Leitão, a confirmé aujourd’hui, dans son discours sur le budget, le retour à l’équilibre budgétaire pour l’exercice financier 2015-2016, après six années consécutives de déficits qui ont alourdi la dette de près de 16 milliards de dollars. Il a également présenté le Plan économique du Québec qui guidera les actions du gouvernement au cours des prochaines années afin de donner un nouvel élan au Québec.

* Discours sur le budget 2015-2016 (579 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/Discours.pdf

* Discours sur le budget 2015-2016 (version HTML)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/Discours.html

Le Plan économique du Québec (10,7 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/Planeconomique.pdf

Renseignements additionnels 2015-2016 (3,66 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/RenseignementsAdd.pdf

Le Plan économique en bref (1,59 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/PlanEconBref_2015-2016.pdf

Documents de référence (fichiers PDF):

* Tableau et graphiques (722 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/Graphiques_tableauFR.pdf

Sommaire économique et financier du Québec (456 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/documents/AUTFR_SommaireMars2015.pdf

Communiqués
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/fr/index.asp

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Analyse : Le Soleil
[
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/ ]

Budget 2015-2016: petit guide en neuf points
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/affaires/actualite-economique/201503/25/01-4855577-budget-2015-2016-petit-guide-en-neuf-points.php
1. Des revenus de près de 100 milliards $
2. « L'effort» en chiffres
3. Équilibre et Surplus
4. Effets à venir
5. La mesure des défis
6. Deux autres données
7. Les «négos»
8. La modulation
9. Les deux commissions

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Analyse : La Presse
[ http://www.lapresse.ca/ ]

Objectif du budget: bâtir l'avenir
http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/quebec/201503/27/01-4855944-objectif-du-budget-batir-lavenir.php
Publié le 27 mars 2015
L'équilibre budgétaire paraît à portée de main après six déficits d'affilée, mais il faudra une poigne de fer pour l'atteindre en 2015-2016.

Budget équilibré, la santé et l'éducation écopent
http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/quebec/201503/26/01-4855793-budget-equilibre-la-sante-et-leducation-ecopent.php
Publié le 26 mars 2015
Le gouvernement Couillard atteindra l'équilibre budgétaire pour 2015-2016, mais au prix d'un coup de frein sans précédent dans les dépenses de santé et d'éducation.

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Analyse : Le Devoir
[ http://www.ledevoir.com/ ]

Deux budgets pour le prix d’un
http://www.ledevoir.com/non-classe/435778/austerite-deux-budgets-pour-le-prix-d-un
28 mars 2015
Depuis son arrivée au pouvoir il y a moins d’un an, le gouvernement Couillard a rompu plusieurs de ses promesses électorales. Pas de hausse d’impôt et de taxes : il a augmenté certaines taxes spécifiques. Pas de majoration de tarifs : les garderies et l’électricité coûtent plus cher. Mais s’il y a un engagement auquel il ne veut absolument pas déroger, c’est le retour à l’équilibre budgétaire. Même si les services à la population en pâtissent. Il faut ce qu’il faut.

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English version:

Quebec Budget 2015-2016
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/index_en.asp
March 26, 2015
Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão delivered Budget Speech 2015-2016 on March 26, 2015.
- the Economic Plan in Brief - Highlights
- links to budget documents (selected content below) as well as reference documentsliens and news releases

Budget Documents (PDF files):

* The Québec Economic Plan: A Balanced Budget
and an Economic Plan That Will Give Québec New Momentum

http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/Communique_1en.pdf
News Release
Québec, March 26, 2015 – The Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, confirmed in his Budget Speech today that fiscal balance will be restored in 2015-2016, following six consecutive years of deficit that have added almost $16 billion to the debt. He also presented The Québec Economic Plan, which will guide the actions taken by the government in the coming years to give new momentum to Québec.

Budget Speech 2015-2016 (503 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/Speech.pdf

The Québec Economic Plan (7.54 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/BudgetPlan.pdf

Additional Information 2015-2016 (1.96 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/AdditionalInfo.pdf

Economic Plan in Brief (1.61 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/EconPlanBrief_2015-2016.pdf

Table and Charts (724 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/Graphiques_tableauENG.pdf

Québec's Economic and Financial Summary (477 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/documents/AUTEN_SummaryMarch2015.pdf

Press releases
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2015-2016/en/index.asp

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Budget Analysis : CBC News

Quebec Budget 2015: Liberals balance books with no tax hike
Health, education to feel the biggest spending crunch

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-budget-2015-liberals-balance-books-with-no-tax-hike-1.3009254
March 26, 2015
- includes links to the following related articles:
* Quebec budget 2015: The breakdown
* Analysis : Couillard government can't afford to get this budget wrong
* Gaétan Barrette’s health care revolution: What you need to know

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Analysis : Montreal Gazette
[ http://montrealgazette.com/ ]

Quebec budget – necessary austerity or crapshoot economics?
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-the-moment/quebec-budget-necessary-austerity-or-crapshoot-economics
By James Mennie
March 28, 2015
The provincial budget tabled this week by the Liberals contains both good and bad news. The good news is that you will get a tax break, but the bad news is that you won’t see it until next year at the earliest. The good news is that the budget is finally balanced, but the bad news is that spending on health and education – government spending that taxpayers pay attention to because it effects them directly – has been increased so close to the inflation rate as to represent an actual cut in spending.

Analysis: Quebec budget unkind to health care and education spending
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/2015-quebec-budget-analysis
By Philip Authier
March 26, 2015

New from Finance Canada:

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for January 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-028-eng.asp
March 27, 2015
There was a budgetary surplus of $2.2 billion in January 2015, virtually unchanged from the budgetary balance reported for January 2014. Revenues increased by $0.4 billion, or 1.5 per cent, largely reflecting an increase in personal income tax revenues, offset in part by a decrease in non-resident income tax revenues. For the April 2014 to January 2015 period of the 2014–15 fiscal year, the Government posted a budgetary surplus of $1.3 billion, compared with a deficit of $10.0 billion reported in the same period of 2013–14.

Report:

The Fiscal Monitor for January 2015 (PDF - 270KB, 12 pages):
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/pdf/2015-01-eng.pdf

Recent and Future Release Dates of The Fiscal Monitor
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp
NOTE : includes links to each issue of the monthly Fiscal Monitor for 2014 and 2015 (so far).

Fiscal Monitor Archive
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf/archives-eng.asp
NOTE : includes links to each issue of the monthly Fiscal Monitor from 1996 to 2013

Research tip:
This archive is a valuable resource for anyone who's interested in the minutiae of federal budget surpluses and deficits over the period of 18 years ending in early 2015. NOTE that the figures for 2014 and 2015 appear under the "Future Release Dates of The Fiscal Monitor" link, while those for 1996 to 2013 appear under the Archive link above.

Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
http://www.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/pub/toc-tdm-eng.html
November 12, 2014

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Harper Government Introduces Legislation to Put More Money in the Pockets of Parents
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-029-eng.asp
March 27, 2015
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today introduced legislation in the House of Commons to implement the Harper Government’s latest tax relief and benefits for hard-working families. Together, these new measures will put money back into the pockets of every single family with children—about 4 million families in total. Today, the overall federal tax burden is at its lowest level in more than half a century.

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Harper Government Tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement Tax Cuts for Families
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-027-eng.asp
March 24, 2015
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today tabled in the House of Commons a Notice of Ways and Means Motion (NWMM) to implement the Harper Government’s latest tax cuts for hard-working families, which were announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on October 30, 2014.

Related link
from the CBC:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/ ]

No budget yet, but Tories introduce bill to boost family income
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/no-budget-yet-but-tories-introduce-bill-to-boost-family-income-1.3012428
Bill C-57 formally implements the Family Tax Cut and increases universal child-care benefit payments.

By Gilles:
PressProgress
[ http://www.pressprogress.ca/ ], a project of the Broadbent Institute [ http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/ ] reminds us [ http://goo.gl/Od1ptI ] that the "Family Tax Cut" (originally called income-splitting) was panned (by the late Jim Flaherty, former federal Minister of Finance) because 85% of the Canadian population wouldn't receive a plug nickel from this measure. Harper's tinkering with enhancements to the UCCB are laughable, given that the monthly amount would cover one or two days in a day care centre for most working parents.

[NOTA : Vous trouverez le lien vers la version française de ce rapport ci-dessous, à la suite de l'anglais.]

Think tank projects federal deficit in 2015-16 : Alternative Federal Budget
advocates for stimulus to boost economic growth

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/think-tank-projects-federal-deficit-2015-16
News Release
March 19, 2015
OTTAWA—The 2015 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), demonstrates that the federal government’s continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth.

Alternative Federal Budget 2015 : Delivering the Good
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2015
March 19, 2015
The Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good demonstrates that the federal government’s continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth.
The AFB, now in its 20th year, delivers a plan that would lift 893,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, and create or sustain 300,000 jobs a year, bringing Canada’s employment rate back to its pre-recession level.

Complete report (PDF - 2.23MB, 165 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2015/03/AFB2015_MainDocument.pdf

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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Version française:

Alternative budgétaire pour le gouvernement fédéral 2015 : Faire le bien
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/alternative-budg%C3%A9taire-pour-le-gouvernement-f%C3%A9d%C3%A9ral-2015
Sur cette page, vous trouverez des liens vers la version fraçaise du rapport complet et des documents connexes

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Related link from PressProgress:

Eight things Joe Oliver could learn from the Alternative Federal Budget
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/8-things-joe-oliver-could-learn-alternative-federal-budget
March 19, 2015
(...)
The Harper government's focus on "austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth," according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2015 Alternative Federal Budget.
(...)
The eight things Joe Oliver could learn:

* The current economic plan isn't working for most Canadians.
1. Canadian household debt to GDP is significantly higher than the federal government's debt to GDP ratio.
2. General decline in federal and provincial expenditures since 1990.
3. Canada's employment rate is sluggish.
4. Federal budget cuts and lapsed funding since 2010

Budget Alternatives
1. How about scrapping the whole income-splitting plan and TFSA expansion?
2. How a progressive budget driven by reinvestment and program spending might impact Canadian families.
3. How a progressive budget could alleviate Canadian poverty levels.
4. A price on carbon

Source:
PressProgress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/

Also from PressProgress:

Stephen Harper's ex-speechwriter blasts income splitting as "socialism for the wealthy"
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/stephen-harpers-ex-speechwriter-blasts-income-splitting-socialism-wealthy
March 20, 2015
Stephen Harper's former speechwriter Michael Taube speaks out against income splitting: "When you really think about income splitting, it’s the equivalent of state-run socialism for the wealthy. A few of us will shift income to get a tax credit directly from the government, paid for by taxpayers."

In related news, the Prime Minister's Office has announced that Michael Taube has accepted a teaching position at the University of Timbuktu starting immediately. The posting is for an indeterminate period OR until Taube's meds kick back in and he states in public that he was off his meds when he broke the Conservative Covenant in the first place.

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2015-16
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/budget-planning-and-reporting/saskatchewan-budget
March 18, 2015
The Honourable Ken Krawetz, Minister of Finance delivered the Budget to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan on March 18, 2015.
- incl. links to all budget papers

Budget Highlights
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/budget-planning-and-reporting/saskatchewan-budget#step-1
[ Version française:
http://finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2015-16/2015Budgethighlightscard-FR.pdf
]

* No tax increases
* Controlling operating spending
* Investing in infrastructure
* Incentives for job creation
* Balanced budget

Budget Speech (PDF - 167KB, 32 pages)
http://finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2015-16/2015BudgetSpeech.pdf
[ Version française:
http://finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2015-16/2015BudgetSpeechFrench.pdf ]

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2015-16 (PDF - 1.6MB, 82 pages)
http://finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2015-16/201516Budget.pdf
This document details the government’s budget for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, and includes plans and technical papers.

Budget Documents
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/budget-planning-and-reporting/saskatchewan-budget#step-3
- includes links to the main budget document (see immediately above) and to the Estimates, the Financial Highlights of the Budget (Green Sheet), the Budget Basics and News and Media for (news releases on the Provincial Budget 2015-16 announcement.)

Developing the Budget
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/budget-planning-and-reporting/saskatchewan-budget#step-4
The Provincial Budget details the government's finances and forecasts for the fiscal year that runs from April 1 to March 31. Government develops the Budget following the process outlined in this section.

News releases re. the 2015-2016 Saskatchewan Budget
http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media?text=Budget&year=2015&month=3
(All releases are dated March 18, 2015 ; click the link above to access any of the releases below)
*
Balanced Budget Keeping Saskatchewan Strong
* Increased Post-Secondary Capital Investment and Continued Support for Students
* Training Programs Address Workforce Needs in Saskatchewan
* Record $5.12 Billion Invested in Improving Health Care
* Government Makes Interim Changes to Potash Taxes, Announces Review
* Record Highways Budget Funds Twinning, Passing Lanes, Overpasses and Bypasses
* Continued Investment in Farmers, Ranchers and Agribusiness to Keep Saskatchewan Strong
* 2015-16 Budget Provides Record Municipal Revenue Sharing
* Budget Continues Strong Commitment to First Nations and Métis People
* Investments in Provincial Parks Benefit Tourism in Saskatchewan
* Supporting Saskatchewan Seniors
* Keeping Saskatchewan Strong by Helping People in Need
* Government Remains Committed to Student Success
* Capital Investments Keeping Saskatchewan Strong
* Saskatchewan Keeps Growing – Population Tops 1,130,000 for the First Time

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Related links

From Global News:
[ http://globalnews.ca/ ]

Saskatchewan 2015-2016 Budget links
http://globalnews.ca/?s=2015-2016+Saskatchewan+Budget
(All releases are dated March 18, 2015; click the link above to access any item below)
* Saskatchewan budget 2015: breaking down infrastructure funding
* No new taxes, but incentives take a hit: Highlights of the Saskatchewan budget
* No tax increases for upcoming Saskatchewan budget
* Saskatchewan budget holds line on taxes, but peels back incentives
* Saskatchewan presents budget for upcoming year
* Sask. politicians already in campaign mode: analyst

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From CBC News Saskatchewan:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/ ]

Potash giving cash boost to tight Saskatchewan budget
$800M expected this year, twice as much as previous budget

[ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/potash-giving-cash-boost-to-tight-saskatchewan-budget-1.3000361 ]
March 18, 2015

NOTE: Click the "Potash" link above, then scroll down to the bottom of the article for the following further budget analysis:
More links to Saskatchewan
Budget 2015-2016 articles from CBC News:
(All articles below are dated March 18, 2015; click the link above to access any item below)
*
Saskatchewan budget: $107M surplus, some family-oriented programs trimmed
* 25,000 Sask. families to lose tax benefit for arts, sports fees
* Budget removes 6,000 seniors from province's drug plan
* Current, former students impacted by tight Sask. budget
* Oil revenue takes a hit, quick recovery not in sight
* Government will borrow $700M to finance roads, school, hospitals
* Sask. budget reduces R&D incentive for business

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From CTV News:
[ http://www.ctvnews.ca/ ]

Saskatchewan budget holds line on taxes, but peels back incentives
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/saskatchewan-budget-holds-line-on-taxes-but-peels-back-incentives-1.2286494
By Clare Clancy
March 18, 2015
REGINA -- The Saskatchewan government has brought forward a budget that attempts to put the brakes on spending increases and peels back tax incentives for middle-class families, graduates and the potash industry. A global oil downturn is putting the squeeze on the province's bottom line, but Finance Minister Ken Krawetz noted Wednesday that there are no new personal income taxes or fee increases.

Digesting the Saskatchewan Budget (video, duration 3:06)
http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=573961

Barbs traded in Saskatchewan legislature over 2015 budget (video, duration 1:24)
http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2288213
.

Doubling Contributions To The Tax Free Savings Account: Even Nastier Than Income Splitting
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2015/03/02/doubling-contributions-to-the-tax-free-savings-account-even-nastier-than-income-splitting/
By Armine Yalnizyan
March 2, 2015
The Harper government gives five reasons why Canadians ought to be happy with its proposal to double the maximum contribution to the Tax-Free Savings Account. Examine each of its points more closely, however, and it’s clear that the TFSA carries far higher risks than rewards — for individual Canadians as well as for the economy as a whole.

Let’s unpack the government’s arguments one by one:
1. The TFSA helps people save.
--- The TFSA does not measurably impact savings rates; but it measurably rewards the privileged few who are able to save.
2. The TFSA is Wildly Popular.
--- Only 36% of eligible Canadians have opened a TFSA
3. The TFSA benefits young Canadians.
--- Older people derive the biggest benefit from the program, using it as a way to top up retirement savings after bumping up against their RRSP limits.
4. The TFSA helps low-income Canadians.
--- Those who benefit most from a TFSA are more likely to be rich than poor, and low-income Canadians are less likely to hold a TFSA than higher-income Canadians.
5. The TFSA puts money back in our pockets.
--- While a bigger tax-free savings account will put more cash in some Canadians’ pockets, that money can’t buy functioning infrastructure and liveable communities.

There is a more sensible way...

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

February 25, 2015

NUNAVUT BUDGET 2015-16
http://www.gov.nu.ca/information/budget-2015-16

2015-2016 Budget Highlights (PDF - 436KB, 2 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-16_budget_highlights_en_in.pdf
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$15 M to support instruction, school operations and teacher development.
* $5 M to support mental health and addictions programing, with a focus on improving front-line delivery.
* The government will also introduce a new Public Health Act, replacing current law that has not changed in 60 years.
* $4 M to improve community health services.
* We are also taking steps to define and enhance residential care for our seniors.
* $1 M for community transportation projects and another $1 M for a new initiative to manage contaminated sites.

2015-2016 Budget Address (PDF - 619KB, 13 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-16_budget_address_en.pdf
Feb 2015

2015-2016 Fiscal and Economic Indicators (PDF - 1MB, 13 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-16_fiscal_and_economic_indicators_en.pdf

2015-2016 Main Estimates (PDF - 11.2MB, 326 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/main_estimates_2015-2016_-_english_-_for_web_0.pdf

2015-2016 Capital Estimates (PDF - 1.6MB, 166 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/_2015-16_capital_estimates_-_english_0.pdf

2015-2018 Government of Nunavut and Territorial Corporations Business Plan (PDF - 3.5MB, 410 pages)
http://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/2015-2018_government_of_nunavut_and_territorial_corporations_business_plan.pdf

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Related links:

Nunavut to spend more on health, education next fiscal year
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_to_spend_more_on_health_education_next_fiscal_year/
February 25, 2015
In an cheery speech given Feb. 25 at the Nunavut legislature, Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson unveiled a budget for 2015-16 that will see Nunavut get more and spend more, especially on education, health, economic development and staff housing.

Source:
Nunatsiaq News
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/

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Nunavut budget attempts to deal with ‘tsunami’ of young people through education
http://www.news1130.com/2015/02/25/nunavut-government-tables-stand-pat-budget-focused-on-education/
February 25, 2015
IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut’s government has tabled a stand-pat budget with the territory’s fourth small surplus in a row. But the most arresting number in Finance Minister Keith Peterson’s speech Wednesday didn’t have a dollar sign in front of it. “Today, almost one-third of Nunavummiut are under the age of 15,” Peterson told the legislature.That’s about twice the percentage as the Canadian average and explains why education was the big winner in the budget with a 10 per cent increase.

Source:
News1130

http://www.news1130.com/

British Columbia Budget 2015/16
http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/default.htm
February 17, 2015
- budget main page, includes links to all budget papers (several of which appear below)

British Columbia Balanced Budget 2015/16 (small PDF file, 3 pages)
http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/newsrelease/2015_News_Release.pdf
News Release
February 17, 2015
Balanced Budget 2015 maintains discipline, supports economic growth and job creation
The B.C. government has introduced Balanced Budget 2015, which includes forecast surpluses in all three years of the fiscal plan and modest investments in priority areas.

Budget Speech (PDF - 131KB, 20 pages)
http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/speech/2015_Budget_Speech.pdf

Budget and Fiscal Plan 2015/16 – 2017/18 (PDF - 2.1MB, 138 pages)
http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/bfp/2015_budget_and_fiscal_plan.pdf
Part 1: Three Year Fiscal Plan
Part 2: Tax Measures
Part 3: British Columbia Economic Review and Outlook
Part 4: 2014/15 Updated Financial Forecast (Third Quarterly Report)

Budget Highlights (small PDF file, 8 pages)
- http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/highlights/2015_Highlights.pdf

Supplement to the Estimates
Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2016
(PDF - 745KB, 80 pages)
http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/estimates/2015_Supplement_to_the_Estimates.pdf

Budget Backgrounder (small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2015/backgrounders/2015_backgrounder_1_fiscal_plan.pdf

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Media coverage and analysis:

From the BC Office of
the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015
http://www.policynote.ca/11-things-you-need-to-know-about-bc-budget-2015/
1. Budget 2015 ends the claw-back on child support payments for single parents on welfare
2. BC remains the only province in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.
3. MSP premiums are going up again
4. Budget 2015 underfunds key public services. Spending increases to health care and education are failing to keep up with inflation and population growth.
5. Running a surplus does not mean that BC is prospering.
6. BC spends more every year providing tax credits to corporations than to low income individuals.
7.(...) Budget 2015 ignores a number of important recommendations coming out of this year’s pre-Budget consultation report that would have greatly improved the lives of some of the most vulnerable British Columbians.
8. The BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which was originally announced in BC Budget 2013, is too small to make a real difference for families.
9. BC is not getting a fair return on our publicly owned natural resources.
10. Budget 2015 admits defeat on the BC Jobs Plan.
11. There is no action on climate change in this budget.

Source:
Policy Note
http://www.policynote.ca/

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Policy Note is the blog of the BC Office
[ https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc ]
of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
[ https://www.policyalternatives.ca/ ]

Also from CCPA-BC:

BC Budget 2015 fails to make real investments in British Columbians: economist
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/bc-budget-2015-fails-make-real-investments-british-columbians-economist
February 17, 2015
(Victoria) Budget 2015 demonstrates a short-sighted focus on recording a surplus instead of a long-term vision that would address serious social and environmental deficits, says Iglika Ivanova, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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From CBC News:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

B.C. Budget 2015: Canada's only province in the black
High earners, home buyers and fewer car insurance claims push surplus to almost $1B
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-budget-2015-canada-s-only-province-in-the-black-1.2960956
By Chris Brown
February 17, 2015

More CBC News budget coverage - 11 articles
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/topic/Tag/B.C.%20Budget%202015

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From CTV News:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/

Single parents can keep child-support, but little else in budget for families
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/single-parents-can-keep-child-support-but-little-else-in-budget-for-families-1.2241022

Highlights from B.C.'s 2015-2016 provincial budget
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/highlights-from-b-c-s-2015-2016-provincial-budget-1.2240633

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From Global News:
http://globalnews.ca/

The BC Opposition responds to Budget 2015 (video, duration 9:26)
http://globalnews.ca/video/1835628/2015-bc-budget-opposition-responds/

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- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

Ontario Launches Online Consultation Tool:
Ontarians Invited to Have Their Say on Provincial Priorities
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2015/02/ontario-launches-online-consultation-tool.html
February 10, 2015
The province has launched an online tool [see below] that gives the public the opportunity to provide input and ideas on how the government should deliver on Ontarians' priorities while meeting fiscal savings targets. The new online consultation builds on the annual pre-budget consultations [ http://goo.gl/5Fwimi ] by providing Ontarians with an opportunity to discuss with the government - and with each other - what's important to them and how they would like to see public dollars spent.

Pre-budget consultations began on January 19, 2015 and will run until mid-February 2015.
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Comment (by Gilles):
The Ontario news alert (above) is dated February 10, 2015.
The consultations end in mid-February, five days after dissemination of the above news alert.
Kinda tight, as time frames go, eh?

Source:
Ontario Government Newsroom
http://news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en

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Budget Talks 2015:
The Ontario Budget lays out the government’s priorities.
https://talk.ontario.ca/
The government has a four-part economic plan that is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
Every year, we reach out Ontarians to hear about their priorities and learn what is most important to them.

Have your say!
https://talk.ontario.ca/home

Additional resources:

* Ontario Budget Basics:
http://www.ontario.ca/government/ontario-budget-basics

* 2014 Budget:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/index.html

* Public Accounts:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/paccts/2014/

From PressProgress:

Eight charts that make you wonder if Conservatives understand how modern families work
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/8-charts-make-you-wonder-if-conservatives-understand-how-modern-families-work
January 27, 2015

Conservatives sure like to talk about how they 'get' families. But do they? And do Stephen Harper's family-friendly policies actually make a meaningful impact in the lives of most Canadian families?

"Family life isn't the same today as it was 30 years ago," says a new study [ http://goo.gl/TzPrZe ] from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ https://www.policyalternatives.ca/ ] that looks at the rise of women in the workforce -- and concludes the federal Conservatives' family tax cuts are probably more helpful to Canadian families circa 1955 than they are to Canadian families in 2015. Instead, what modern families need are "childcare, parental leave, and economic policies that level the playing field."

Click the link above to access charts that lay out why:

1. The number of working women and mothers has nearly doubled in the last 30 years
2. ...And despite so many working mothers, there is a shortalerge of child care spaces in Canada
3. OK, so what does Stephen Harper's brilliant solution look like?
4. But who benefits? [Spoiler : It's m
ostly wealthy families.]
5. And Will that cover most families' child care costs?
6 - 7 - 8 : Missing in action
(By Gilles : The page title of this piece clearly says EIGHT charts but the numbered list contains only five charts.
The "eight" must refer to charts that appear as text links. I dunno...)

Source:
PressProgress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/
PressProgress advances progressive solutions and challenges conservative ideas with hard-hitting news and analysis.
PressProgress is a project of the Broadbent Institute [ http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/ ].

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

NEW from
Finance Canada:

Minister of Finance Welcomes International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report* Confirming Canada's Return to Balance in 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-007-eng.asp
January 30, 2015
Excerpt:
The IMF report confirmed that the Family Tax Cut and the increased and expanded Universal Child Care Benefit announced last fall would not materially delay a return to balanced budgets, noting that “the federal government is essentially on track to achieving its balanced budget target in fiscal year 2015/16.”

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* "Minister of Finance Welcomes IMF Report", albeit somewhat belatedly --- the IMF report is dated February 2014.
There's no indication in the report regarding the projected price of a barrel of oil in February 2014 or today, in 2015.
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Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

From the
International Monetary Fund (IMF):

The IMF Report:

IMF Country Report No. 14/27 : CANADA (PDF - 2MB, 70 pages)
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2014/cr1427.pdf
February 2014
Excerpts:
With strong post-crisis fiscal consolidation and low levels of net debt, the federal government has room to delay the planned return to a balanced budget in 2015 absent a meaningful pickup in growth. (From "Issues", page 1)

[Canadian authorities] saw more merit in sticking to the announced fiscal targets, and thus return to a balanced budget by 2015, as this would also have a positive impact on business and consumer confidence. (Report, p.15)

At the federal level, continued progress in fiscal consolidation is appropriate to rebuild the room for fiscal maneuver used during the crisis, but there is room to delay the adjustment needed to return to a balanced budget in 2015 if there is no meaningful pickup in economic growth. (Report, page 26)

Source:
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
http://www.imf.org/
The IMF is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

Time for federal family policy to grow up: study
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/time-federal-family-policy-grow-study
JANUARY 27, 2015
OTTAWA—The current federal government's approach to family policy is falling short of the needs of parents, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The study, by Kate McInturff, Director of CCPA's Making Women Count project, and David Macdonald, CCPA Senior Economist, finds complicated tax benefits that go largely to the well-off families do nothing to address the needs of families today. Instead, it calls for access to affordable childcare, improved leave for fathers, and tax policies that level the playing field in order to improve the quality of family life in Canada.

Complete study:

Time to Grow Up : Family Policies
for the Way We Live Now
(PDF - 869KB, 40 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2015/01/Time_to_Grow_Up.pdf
By Kate McInturff and David Macdonald
Federal and provincial governments have an opportunity to make the struggle to balance work and family life easier. Neither work nor family life looks the same today as it did a generation ago. It is time for our policies to catch up with the way families live now, by providing solutions to the problems families are facing today. [Source : report, p.7]

Source:
Canadian centre for Policy Alternatives

https://www.policyalternatives.ca

Government Seeks Canadians' Advice on Growing the Economy, Creating Jobs and Ensuring Long-Term Prosperity:
Ministers host pre-budget consultations across Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n15/15-003-eng.asp
January 12, 2015
The Harper Government today announced that over the next few weeks, the following Ministers and Members of Parliament will be hosting roundtable discussions across the country as part of pre-budget consultations.
(Click the link above to see the locations and dates).

These roundtable consultations, which began last November, allow Canadians to provide valuable input on how the Government can continue to create jobs, grow the economy and help ensure long-term prosperity. This is in addition to online consultations being conducted by Finance Minister Joe Oliver. These online consultations seek the input of Canadians on the following five key questions.

1. The Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth. What can Government do to help businesses grow, increase trade and investment, and encourage the private sector to hire new employees?

2. The Government is committed to keeping Canada’s finances balanced and on a sustainable track, including reducing the debt. This builds on our Government’s belief of respecting taxpayers’ dollars. In what other areas should we look to make spending more efficient and effective?

3. How can the Government help Canadians with the costs of living and raising a family?

4. What can the Government do to ensure Canadians are obtaining the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow?

5. Are there investments that can build stronger communities and keep our streets safe?

Recent release from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Cut the Tax Cut (PDF - 31KB, 4 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1060ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
January 2015
In its November 2014 Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections, the federal government unveiled a set of measures for families with children that will take effect in 2015. One of the major changes, the Family Tax Cut (also known as ‘income splitting’), caught most of the media attention. But that tax cut was only one component of a larger package. Several associated measures were brought in at the same time – partly to offset the criticism that the government knew would be coming its way on the flagship Family Tax Cut.
(...)
The version of income splitting announced in November 2014 was modified somewhat in direct response to earlier negative comments. The additional changes to other child benefits were intended to help sell the new Family Tax Cut more easily to Canadians. There is no question that the altered plan is more palatable than its earlier design.

But we still don’t like it.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

From the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Finance :

House Finance Committee Tables Pre-Budget Report
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6830549&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
December 10, 2014
Today in the House of Commons, Mr. James Rajotte, M.P., Edmonton-Leduc – Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance – tabled the Committee’s report in respect of the pre-budget consultations for 2014. “I would like to thank all of the Committee’s witnesses, as well as the more than 400 groups and individuals who made online submissions this summer, for their contributions to our pre-budget consultations process,” said Mr. Rajotte.
(...)
The report contains 47 recommendations in the six areas identified by the Committee as priority themes for this year’s consultations:
1. Balancing the federal budget to ensure fiscal sustainability and economic growth;
2. Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training;
3. Increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses through research, development, innovation and commercialization;
4. Ensuring prosperous and secure communities, including through support for infrastructure;
5. Improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes; and
6. Maximizing the number and types of jobs for Canadians.

The Committee’s report:

Report 8 - Towards Prosperity: Federal Budgetary Priorities for People, Businesses and Communities (PDF - 2.5MB, 148 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6830258/412_FINA_Rpt08_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt08-e.pdf
(Adopted by the Committee on December 4, 2014; Presented to the House on December 10, 2014)

More Finance Committee reports and Government responses:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/ReportsResponses.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Source:
Standing Committee on Finance House of Commons

http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E

Finance Minister Seeks Canadians’ Ideas on Creating Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-170-eng.asp
Minister Oliver launches formal pre-budget consultations with clear message: no reckless new spending, no new taxes
November 27, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today launched online pre-budget consultations and the first in a series of formal cross-country pre-budget roundtable discussions in Toronto. The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians and hear their views on how Canada can create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. This formal process comes after months of meetings with Canadians about what matters to them and their families.

Locations and dates for regional consultations at face-to-face roundtable meetings:
* Toronto —November 27, 2014
* St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador—November 28, 2014
* Québec City, Québec—December 1, 2014
* Edmonton, Alberta—December 5, 2014
* Moncton, New Brunswick—December 18, 2014
* Winnipeg, Manitoba—January 8, 2015
* Vancouver, British Columbia—January 14, 2015
* Calgary, Alberta—January 15, 2015

COMMENT (by Gilles):
"The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians..."
Really? REALLY?
If that's the purpose of the consultations, perhaps Finance Canada might have given the folks in Toronto and St. John's some advance warning.
The Finance Canada news release (above) is dated November 27; the Toronto consultation took place on the same day, and the St. John's event on November 28th, the next day.
WTF?

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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From the
Canadian Labour Congress:

No specific details about the regional roundtables are provided, and there is no indication whether the roundtables are open to the public or by invitation only. Consultations in St. John’s and Québec City have already occurred, but activists are encouraged to contact the Department of Finance and ask for the opportunity to participate in upcoming consultations.

You can write the minister at: Joe.Oliver@fin.gc.ca

Canadians can also provide input on the government’s budget priorities using the on-line consultation link:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/

The Department of Finance has structured the consultations around the following five questions:

1. The Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth. What can Government do to help businesses grow, increase trade and investment, and encourage the private sector to hire new employees?

2. The Government is committed to keeping Canada’s finances balanced and on a sustainable track, including reducing the debt. This builds on our Government’s belief of respecting taxpayers’ dollars. In what other areas should we look to make spending more efficient and effective?

3. How can the Government help Canadians with the costs of living and raising a family?

4. What can the Government do to ensure Canadians are obtaining the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow?

5. Are there investments that can build stronger communities and keep our streets safe?

Canadian Labour Congress:
http://canadianlabour.ca/

The political point of Joe Oliver’s economic update: Walkom
By spending the surplus, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want to put Liberals, NDP in an impossible bind.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/12/the_political_point_of_joe_olivers_economic_update_walkom.html
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his party will fight the government's proposed income splitting, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the proposal reflects the government being 'out of touch.'
By Thomas Walkom
November 12, 2014
Sorry, Justin Trudeau. Tough luck, Tom Mulcair. We’ve spent all the money. There’s nothing left. That, in a nutshell, is the message Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered to the opposition parties Wednesday in a particularly partisan economic update.

Mulcair & Trudeau criticize government's fiscal plans (video, duration 1:15)
http://www.thestar.com/news/2014/11/12/mulcair_trudeau_criticize_government_s_fiscal_plans.html
November 12, 2014
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his party will fight the government's proposed income splitting, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the proposal reflects the government being 'out of touch.'

Back to the kitchen, Mrs. Cleaver: Income-splitting and social engineering
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/11/05/back-to-the-kitchen-mrs-cleaver-income-splitting-and-social-engineering/
By Linda McQuaig | Nov 5, 2014
Stephen Harper is gearing up for the next election with a plan for rewarding “hardworking Canadian families”. Or at least a few of them.
In truth, Harper plans to give something to all families by enriching the Universal Child Care Benefit by $60 a month per child — thereby providing parents with an extra $2 a day. Having taken care of the “fairness” issue with this toonie-a-day (almost enough to buy a child an ice cream cone) Harper goes on to propose what really interests him: a new tax cut that moves in the direction of ending progressive taxation, the long-established notion that the rich should pay higher tax rates than the rest.
(...)
Imagine three families, all raising kids, all with total household incomes of $100,000.
In the first household, the breadwinner is a single mother. Her benefit from the Family Tax Cut: zero.
The second consists of two working spouses, each earning $50,000. Their benefit from the Family Tax Cut: zero.
The third consists of a man earning $100,000 with a stay-at-home wife. Their benefit from the Family Tax Cut: Bingo! They get $2,000.
Three households, all with the same household income — but only one qualifies for the ‘Family Tax Cut’. By what stretch of logic could that be considered fair? Are the other two families not “hardworking” enough? Does the Harper government consider them defective in some way?
(...)
Harper is proposing a regressive form of social engineering, using government tax policy to remake the country along the lines of Father Knows Best.

Source:
IPolitics.ca

http://www.ipolitics.ca/

Canada Remains on Track to Balance Budget in 2015:
Minister of Finance reports smaller-than-expected deficit of $5.2 billion in 2013–14
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-131-eng.asp

October 6, 2014
News Release
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2013–14 [ http://www.fin.gc.ca/afr-rfa/2014/index-eng.asp ] . The report shows a sharp downward trend in the Government’s annual deficit, reflecting Canada’s improving economic position. In 2013–14, the deficit fell to $5.2 billion, a $10.7-billion improvement from the projection in Economic Action Plan 2014. The 2013–14 deficit is down by more than 90 per cent from the $55.6-billion deficit recorded in 2009–10.

Related Products:

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2013–14
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afr-rfa/2014/index-eng.asp ]

Fiscal Reference Tables—October 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/frt-trf/2014/frt-trf-14-eng.asp

Backgrounder: Highlights From the Annual Financial Report for 2013–14
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/data/14-131_1-eng.asp

Frequently Asked Questions About the Annual Financial Report
http://www.fin.gc.ca/afc/faq/afr-rfa-eng.asp

Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

Ottawa should think hard before squandering money on income splitting
Income splitting would be a big tax win for the minority 15 per cent of households — most with high incomes.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/10/03/ottawa_should_think_hard_before_squandering_money_on_income_splitting.html
By Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle
October 3, 2014
More low- and modest-income Canadians would be better off if Finance Minister Joe Oliver used tax cuts to enhance the child tax benefit rather than bringing in income splitting, according to Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.
(...)
Income splitting is out of step — and not just with trends in family structure. Its projected $2.6-billion cost is a lot of buck for relatively small impact. An enhanced Canada child tax benefit would be a far better use of such money.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

September 12, 2014

New Committee items posted
on the Parliamentary Website :

Finance Committee (FINA)
Document: Pre-Budget Consultations 2014
(for Budget 2015)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6615327&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
Links to 400+ submissions to the 2014 Pre-Budget Consultations
,
in alphabetical order, from ABC Life Literacy Canada to YWCA Metro Vancouver.
All files are in PDF format and the size of each file is shown in the link.

Recommended reading!!

Source:
Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Parliamentary Website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

From the
Standing Committee on Finance (FINA):

Canadians are invited to share their priorities for the 2015 federal budget
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6653302&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
June 06, 2014
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has launched its pre-budget consultation process, and is inviting Canadians to participate. A report on the 2014 consultations will be tabled in the House of Commons prior to the December 2014 parliamentary adjournment. Suggestions made by Canadians and the pre-budget report compiled by the Committee will be considered by the Minister of Finance in the development of the 2015 federal budget.
(...)
This fall, the Committee will invite specific groups and individuals to appear as witnesses during the pre-budget hearings. The focus of written submissions and the panels this fall will be on six key themes.

The themes for the 2014 pre-budget consultations are the following:
* Balancing the federal budget to ensure fiscal sustainability and economic growth
* Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training
* Increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses through research, development, innovation and commercialization
* Ensuring prosperous and secure communities, including through support for infrastructure
* Improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes
* Maximizing the number and types of jobs for Canadians.
(...)
The deadline for written submissions to the Committee is no later than Wednesday, 6 August 2014 at midnight eastern standard time.
Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words in length, including an executive summary. Text exceeding this limit will not be considered by the Committee. Following translation, the submissions will be posted on the Committee’s website.

Requests to appear before the Committee and written submissions should be sent to: finapbc-cpb@parl.gc.ca

Source:
Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)

http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

More FINA reports and government responses
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/ReportsResponses.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

FINA is part of the Parliament of Canada website:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

Income splitting vs. childcare
http://cupe.ca/child-care/income-splitting-vs-childcare
April 9, 2014
Study after study shows that public spending on child care should be a top priority. The wide-spread and long-lasting economic, social, and health benefits for children, families, and society far outweigh the costs. However, Canada is last among its peer countries on public spending on child care. Despite all the evidence, the federal Conservative government persists on ineffective high-cost proposals such as income-splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

In 2011, the Harper conservatives made an election pledge that they would allow couples with children under 18 to split up to $50,000 of their income each year for tax purposes. This would reduce what the household would pay in taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) study, Income Splitting in Canada: Inequality by Design (see the link below), showed Canadians that the Conservative plan to extend income splitting to families with children under 18 would provide no benefit to 86 per cent of all families. Meanwhile the cost to the federal government would be $3 billion and the cost to the provinces would be $1.9 billion for a total loss of revenue in 2015 alone of nearly $5 billion.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
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http://cupe.ca/
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Income splitting is a tax gift to Canada’s rich: study
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/income-splitting-tax-gift-canada%E2%80%99s-rich-study
News Release
January 28, 2014
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Français : https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/le-fractionnement-du-revenu-favorise-les-mieux-nantis-selon-une-%C3%A9tude
[L'étude complète est disponible en anglais seulement]
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OTTAWA—Eighty-six percent of Canadian families would gain no benefit from the proposed Conservative income splitting plan, says a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, examines the cost and the distributional impact of three income splitting scenarios: pension income splitting; income splitting for families with children under 18, as the Conservatives have pledged; and income splitting for all families. The study finds that the impact of income splitting in all scenarios is very unequal and the lost revenue for Canadian governments would be substantial.

The complete study:

Income Splitting in Canada : Inequality by Design (PDF - 613K, 26 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/01/Income_Splitting_in_Canada.pdf
By David Macdonald
January 2014

Table of contents:
* Executive Summary
* Introduction
* Income Splitting: A Brief Primer
* The Cost of Income Splitting
* Pension Income Splitting
* Income Splitting for Families with Children
* Taxable Income Splitting for All Families + Pension Income Splitting
* Conclusion
* Appendix : Methodology and Assumptions

This study finds that, in 2015, Canada’s federal government will give up an estimated $1.2 billion in lost revenue due to pension income splitting and the provinces will lose another $500 million in revenue for mimicking this tax change — for a total revenue loss of $1.7 billion.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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Coverage in
The Toronto Star:

Stephen Harper’s income-splitting plan would favour rich, tax study finds
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/01/28/harper_governments_incomesplitting_plan_would_favour_rich_tax_study_finds.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
January 28, 2014
The Harper government’s plan to introduce income splitting for families with children would be a gift to the country’s richest households and make income inequality worse, says a new study being released Tuesday.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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Hennessy’s Index for February 2014:
Income Splitting --- Perks for the Rich

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/hennessys-index-february-2014
By Trish Hennessy
NOTE : At the end of each statement in this issue of Hennessy's Index, there's a link to the source of that statement.
You won't find any of those links below, though - just click the link above to access the individual sources.

Excerpt:

2007
The year Canada’s federal government extended to senior families the opportunity to partake in extra tax breaks through pension income splitting.

$820
Estimated average tax break enjoyed the Canada’s richest 10% of Canadian senior couples who take advantage of pension income splitting at tax time.

10 cents
Estimated average tax break the poorest 10% of senior couples in Canada get from pension income splitting.

7 out of 10
Number of seniors who enjoy no benefit whatsoever from pension income splitting.

$3 billion
Estimated loss in federal revenues if the federal government extends income splitting to include families with children under 18

Source:
Hennessy's Index
(inc. links to earlier issues)
http://policyalternatives.ca/index

Hennessy's Index is an ongoing project of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/


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