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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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| March 21, 2014
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| February 12, 2014
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| December 9, 2013
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Theatre of the Fiscally Absurd: Auditions now open to run government finances

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Have you ever considered a career on stage? Do you like to manipulate peoples' emotions to make them fear catastrophe and then worship you when you save the day? Perhaps you should consider a career running the country's finances. 

As an aspiring actor, you no doubt admire the pomp and circumstance of the throne speech. But the political theatrics go far beyond that. These days the politics of the federal budget book are worthy of a Broadway spectacle.

Federal fiscal theatre has it all. There is anxiety-provoking drama, a valiant superhero and a (not so surprising) happy ending. This week's throne speech is just one more glamorous soliloquy to remind us who to credit when the hero triumphs just in time to enhance the Conservatives' fortunes in the next election.

| July 8, 2013
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