Contributing Writer Thomas J. Courchene is Senior Scholar, IRPP, and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

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A blueprint for fiscal federalism

After allowing for the requisite set of policies relating to the high-profile environmental dossier and the generous sprinkling of electoral sweeteners that characterize minority budgets, Finance Minister James Flaherty's 2007 budget was fundamentally and rather …

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A short history of equalization

While it is commonplace to assert that needs to make the transition from a resource-based economy and society to a knowledge-based economy and society, the dramatic rise of China and India with their insatiable appetites …

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Canada's floating rate needs fixing

Canada's civil servants are more than hard-working and dedicated. They are highly motivated and very talented, easily the match of civil servants anywhere and everywhere. Intriguingly, this poses an awkward prob- lem for students of …

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Cities in ascendancy

While Canada has long since ceased to be a rural society, only recently have cities emerged as policy centre-stage. On the economic front, ”œglobal city regions” (GCRs) are now recognized as the dynamic motors and …

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FTAs and sovereignty

The remarkable Canadian reality over the last half century is that we have progressively diverged socially from the Americans at the same time that we have progressively inte- grated economically with them. Nonetheless, it is …

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Something for everyone in the federal budget

In spite of the Conservatives' seemingly credible efforts in the direction of addressing several key NDP demands, Jack Layton turned thumbs down on Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's March 22 budget and ushered in the ongoing …

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The Case for a North American Currency Union

In making the case for a Canada-US or perhaps a NAFTA currency union, I shall elaborate upon and hopefully substantiate the following propositions: that our system of flexible exchange rates has not served Canada well; that a …

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The loonie and the FTA

In macroeconomic policy circles the trio of monetary independence, free trade/capital mobility and fixed exchange rates has come to be labelled the unholy trinity, since a country can choose any two of these but cannot …

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This just in: surpluses across the board

Almost exactly a decade ago, Finance Minister Paul Martin triumphantly announced in his February 24, 1998, budget that after 27 consecutive deficits Canada finally recorded a budgetary surplus for fiscal year 1977-78. On February 26, …

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Trouble ahead

From a comparative international economic and fiscal perspective, Ottawa's Budget 2013 has much to crow about. Since the financial crash, Canada has experienced the highest job creation and GDP growth among G7 nations; we are …

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Variations on the federalism theme

Canadian political and fiscal federalism is in full evolu- tionary flight. In the view of many, the proximate cause of these recent swings in the theory and practice of federalism is the existence of fiscal …

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We're in good shape

In order to maintain the close-to-world-class status of our premier economics departments we have resorted to hiring the best available professors. This is key to ensuring that our students have access to the latest developments …

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