2014 marks the 19th anniversary of the Alternative Federal Budget (AFB). Each year the Alternative Federal Budget shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously tackle Canadians' largest social, economic, and environmental concerns.
This year's AFB delivers a plan that would significantly reduce poverty, strengthen the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4% and still balance the budget by 2016-17 (one year later than the federal government). It also raises the bar on transparency by providing an analysis of the distributional and poverty impacts of its tax measures—a first for any budget.
For more information, the full budget document, a budget-in-brief, and infographics are available at policyalternatives.ca/afb2014.
AFB Press Coverage
Since its release, we've seen some great press coverage of this year's Alternative Federal Budget. Below you'll find a round-up of some of the latest stories:
- David Macdonald on Radio Canada International (Feb. 10)
- Armine Yalnizyan on Metro Morning (Feb. 6)
- Alternative budget is bold while NDP is cautious (Feb. 6, rabble.ca)
- David Macdonald on the Business News Network (Feb. 5)
- Canada Budget 2014: 'Do-Nothing' Plan Could Harm Economy, CCPA Warns (Feb. 5, Canadian Press)
You can also read remarks from the 2014 Alternative Federal Budget press conference held Wednesday, February 5th on Parliament Hill. Click here for the transcript.