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The Progressive Conservatives are using financial fearmongering as a cover for cutting funding for public services. This paper outlines two alternative fiscal paths that maintain and enhance services while reducing Ontario's deficit and debt-to-GDP ratio. Both alternative budget proposals increase annual spending by the 3.5% necessary to maintain service levels, and top this up by $2.4 billion in 2019-20, rising to $3.8 billion by 2022-23, for service enhancements approved in the 2018 Ontario budget.
TORONTO—A new report released today shows the Ontario government has options that would allow it to reduce the provincial deficit while maintaining and enhancing public services, as long as the province begins to address its longstanding revenue problem.
OTTAWA—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), will have the following representatives available for federal budget commentary and analysis: David Macdonald, CCPA Senior Economist Katherine Scott, CCPA Senior Researcher
Ten years ago the political geographer David Harvey wrote, “The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is…one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.” With roots in 1960s civil rights struggles, Henri Levebvre's concept of a "right to the city" was revitalized by Harvey and others in the heat of the 2008 financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street.
The right to the city comes out of critical theory, a branch of intellectual thought originating in the early 20th century at the University of Frankfurt. The Frankfurt School consisted of a group of radical scholars who theorized about the rise of mass popular culture and its effect on society.
In Part 2 of our feature on the state of the economy 10 years after the crisis, the Monitor heads to the bank. With radical ideas for reforming finance's retail, mortgage and investing functions from John Anderson, Michal Rozworski, Kevin Young and Alper Yagci, Roxanne Dubois and Brett Scott. Here's a sample of what you'll find inside this issue:
Alors que le pays fait face à des difficultés importantes et imprévisibles à l’approche d’une nouvelle année d’élection fédérale, le Budget fédéral alternatif (BFA) de 2019 montre que le Canada peut favoriser la compétitivité et encourager l’innovation en investissant dans les personnes, plutôt qu’en accordant d’autres réductions d’impôts aux sociétés.
With the country facing significant and unpredictable headwinds going into another federal election year, the 2019 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) shows that Canada can boost competitiveness and encourage innovation by investing in people, not by giving corporations more tax cuts.