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It's the infrastructure, stupid!

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Infrastructure spending was a dominant topic of discussion when Canada's premiers met in Ottawa on January 30, according to an article in iPolitics.

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Deficit or not, Harper still failed to strengthen economy and create jobs

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Acres of newsprint have been devoted in recent weeks to the possibility that lower oil prices might push the federal budget back into a deficit position. As I argue in my column, this drama is mostly political theatre -- and progressives should be cautious about accidentally accepting the Conservative frame for this debate.

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Will falling oil prices create a federal deficit? It doesn't matter.

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Imaginary surplus, no problem: Harper dreams aloud

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Is promising Canadians a budget surplus without making new tax measures or additional spending cuts really possible? (No.)

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| January 27, 2015

How will Harper answer for the economic turmoil?

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Harper now says falling oil prices are good for the rest of the economy, yet, Joe Oliver is still delaying his federal budget report. What gives?

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While Finance Minister Joe Oliver is expected to announce a balanced budget today, a report by the CCPA examines the toll federal austerity measures have had on public services.
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When Canada's Parliamentary Finance Committee asked for input on the next Federal Budget here is what Canadians for Tax Fairness told them.
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The Right pushes more austerity, despite surplus

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Last week, Germany completed its plan to provide free university tuition to all its students. It's an idea that no doubt would excite the hopes and dreams of young people in Canada -- which explains the need to snuff it out before it catches on.

Certainly, it's the kind of big idea that powerful interests here are keen to keep off the radar as Ottawa finds itself flush with surplus cash -- $6 billion next year, with bigger surpluses expected in future years.

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