This week’s episode analyses the new federal budget straight from the media lockup in Ottawa. Policy Options’ Jennifer Ditchburn and Alex Shadeed were joined by the IRPP’s Stephen Tapp and David Deault-Picard to discuss what stood out in the budget, and what its provisions mean for Canada. To read Stephen Tapp’s pre-budget article, click here.

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Jennifer Ditchburn
Jennifer Ditchburn is the President and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. From 2016 to 2021, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the IRPP’s influential digital magazine, Policy Options. Prior to joining the IRPP, Jennifer spent two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. She is the co-editor with Graham Fox of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (McGill-Queen’s).
Alex Shadeed
Alex Shadeed is the IRPP’s Outreach Assistant and host of the Policy Options podcast. He is a Master’s candidate in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University, where he studies the international security implications of information and communication technology.
Stephen Tapp
Stephen Tapp was a Research Director at the IRPP, where he managed a multi-year research initiative titled Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities. He previously worked at the Parliamentary Budget Office and the Bank of Canada, among other positions. Steve has a PhD in economics from Queen's University. Follow him on Twitter @stephen_tapp.
David Deault-Picard
David Deault-Picard est conseiller au contenu et à la recherche dans un cabinet de relations publiques. Ancien assistant de recherche à l’IRPP, il est détenteur d'une maîtrise en science politique de l’Université de Montréal. Ses champs d'intérêt englobent les politiques sociales et les élections.