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David Macdonald | When the National Balance Sheet came out this month, the focus was on the need for households to pay down that debt... somehow. But we need to look at the broader debt picture across all sectors.
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Duncan Cameron | Tom Mulcair and the NDP caucus did a great job in undermining the credibility of the Harper government; then Justin Trudeau reaped the rewards by sowing doubts about "Tom Mulcair's NDP."
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Victoria Fenner | A roundup of issues for the week of September 21 ... the niqab, the Leap Manifesto and other dynamics from the week.
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Wenonah Bradshaw | The recent promise of four years of balanced budgets by the Mulcair-led NDP has irked progressive economists puzzled over the decision to eschew running deficits during a period of cyclical slow-down.
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Angella MacEwen | Deficits are left wing and balanced budgets are right-wing austerity, right? Not so fast. "Deficits good vs. deficits bad" discourse misses the whole host of choices that go into budgeting.
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Jim Stanford | The evidence is mounting that Canada's economy may already be in an outright recession. Yet Conservatives return repeatedly to their touchstone: never mind the economy -- we balanced the budget.
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Kate McInturff | Where did the obsessive concern with a balanced federal budget come from and how did it gain such currency in the popular imagination?
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Jim Stanford | Ottawa has been abuzz for weeks over how badly the Conservatives' brand-defining quest for a balanced budget will be damaged by falling oil prices. But Canadians can relax and stop biting their nails.
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Erin Weir | Corporate Canada's accumulated stock of cash now exceeds the federal government's accumulated deficit, which was $612 billion at the end of 2013.
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Duncan Cameron | On budget day, the federal government focuses on its deficit reduction plans. What its spending cuts are doing to provincial or municipal government finances needs to be the bigger part of the story.
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Arun DuBois | I am concerned that too many of us are willing to play in the frame, the box, the straightjacket of modern discourse about fiscal and monetary policy.
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Nick Falvo | Jack Layton unveiled the NDP's policy platform today. Among other things, it promises to eliminate the deficit (i.e. balance the federal budget) within four years. I'm not sure it should.