federal budget 2016

Federal budget lock-up in Ottawa March 22, 2016. Photograph by Blair Gable

Justin Trudeau claims to be a fiscal conservative. He’s not.

The PM’s statements in praise of fiscal responsibility are dubious, considering his government’s first budget
Paul Wells

How to spend $2 billion on research really quickly

Want your share of the Trudeau Liberals’ research windfall? Just make a few miracles.
Justin Trudeau Bill Morneau

Canada joins global anti-austerity club

New Liberal government promotes the purse strings-loosening principles of its new federal budget
Justin Trudeau

Trudeau proves the tax boutique is still open for business

The Liberals scrapped many of the Tories’ boutique tax credits. So why did they pander with one of their own?
Paul Wells

The case for nasty, dirty, evil deficits

Paul Wells explains why budget debate should not be about spending alone
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Canada is adrift without a fiscal anchor

Having no fiscal anchor means that the government is without self-imposed restraints on its spending behaviour
Bill Morneau

The truth about slippery slopes, debt bombs and deficit hawks

The hand-wringing over the 2016 federal budget neglects the acknowledgement that ’living in the red can be smart sometimes’
PODCAST

Maclean’s on the Hill: The budget, deficits, and Rob Ford

An audio briefing from the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau on a busy week in politics
Stephen Gordon

How the Liberals could balance the budget—if they have the will

With the budget, the Liberals have taken a page out of the Conservative plan for program expenditures. But there are many reasons to think it won’t work.
Students drawing. (Dawson College)

What students should know about the federal budget

Money coach Janet Gray on changes coming to the Canada Student Grant and student tax credits