The 2009 Federal Budget: Challenge, Response and Retrospect

The 2009 Federal Budget: Challenge, Response and Retrospect


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ISBN-13: 9781553391654
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 11/05/2010
Series: Queen's Policy Studies Series , #42
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Charles M. Beach is a professor of economics at Queen’s University. Bev Dahlby is a professor of economics at the University of Alberta. Paul A.R. Hobson is a professor of economics at Acadia University.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction Charles M. Beach Bev Dahlby Paul A.R. Hobson 1

Session 1 Background Context and Major Themes

The Prospect of a Hanging? The Political Context for the 2009 Federal Budget Janice MacKinnon 23

A Federal Budget Designed for the Times: The Economic Action Plan of 2009 Christopher Ragan 35

Session 2 Economic Stimulus Objectives and Fiscal Impacts of the Budget

Stabilization Policy Debates: Assessing the Case for Fiscal Stimulus William Scarth 59

PBO Perspectives on Budget 2009 Chris Matier Stephen Tapp 81

Is "Shovel Ready" Good Enough? Robert Fairholm 99

Session 3 Tax Policy Changes and Financial Regulation

Tax Policy Changes in the 2009 Budget: Much Ado About Stimulus? Lindsay M. Tedds 133

What Have Four Conservative Budgets Done to Personal Income Taxes? Kevin Milligan 161

Session 4 Implications for Intergovernmental Fiscal Arrangements

Cost-Sharing and Federal-Provincial Fiscal Relations Tracy Snoddon Paul Hobson 181

The Evolution of Federal Transfers Since the O'Brien Report Michael Smart 199

Session 5 Social Policy, Automatic Stabilizers, and the Stretched Social Safety Net

Social Investments, Economic Returns Sherri Torjman Ken Battle 225

Canada's Declining Social Safety Net: EI Reform and the 2009 Budget Lars Osberg 249

Ending Poverty Through Child Benefits: Hitting the Wall? Frances Woolley 273

Session 6 The Federal Budget and the Environment

The 2009 Federal Budget and the Environment: Missed Opportunities and Misguided Directions Nancy Olewiler 293

Session 7 Wrap-Up Panel: The Big Picture

Budget Priorities for Canada: Time for Some Big Ideas? Robin Boadway 313

Looking Forward: Some Immodest Proposals Thomas J. Courchene 329


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