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Open letter from a former Katimavik participant

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A former Katimavik participant reflects on the Conservative government's decision to cut the program.

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Preparing for the 2012 federal budget

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty prepares to deliver one of the most draconian budgets in recent years.

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Federal budget set to unleash significant program spending cuts: CCPA

OTTAWA -- Monday's federal budget is expected to unleash one of the biggest assaults on the public sector in Canada's history, says a new Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The report gives Canadians a sense of what to expect from the Harper government's first majority budget, telegraphing a hard shift to the right.

"Despite the government's stay-the-course rhetoric, the budget will lay the foundation for the most aggressive assault on public service delivery in Canadian history," says AFB Coordinator David Macdonald.

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The privatization by stealth of Canada Post

Did you know that the Conservative minority government is smuggling certain controversial measures into its upcoming federal Budget Bill C-9? While all eyes are on the Rahim Jaffer/Helena Guergis scandal, some other shady business is getting overlooked.

Items that might prove unpopular, exposed to the light of public scrutiny, are being packaged and sold as part of a Budget that is quickly working its way through Parliament. The Conservatives are counting on the opposition's reluctance to have an election to get their Budget approved. But it is essential that the package is opened and its contents handled with care.

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A war-free economy is possible

Federal budgets are about priorities. The numbers in this week's budget will underscore the Harper government's prioritization of corporate profits and war. Canadian military spending is now the highest it has been since World War II. Canada is one of the top 15 military spenders in the world and the sixth largest of NATO's 28 member countries.

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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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