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Entries Tagged as 'Provincial budget & finance'

In Edinburgh, the public private partnership walls are falling. Seriously. Walls are falling.

April 20th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If 17 schools were closed in Vancouver, or Edmonton or Regina, because parts of them were at risk of falling down and injuring children, do you think it might raise some questions about the way the schools were built? That is exactly what is happening in Edinburgh, Scotland. It all began in January 2016 when […]

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The unintended consequences of massive hydro rate increases

March 22nd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Provincial budget & finance

The Province newspaper recently published an op-ed of mine that looked at one of the unintended consequences of our provincial government’s fixation on building the exceedingly expensive Site C hydroelectric dam. Even though actual construction of the dam has yet to begin, BC Hydro customers are already paying far more for electricity than they were just a […]

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Create BC jobs by investing in desperately needed services

March 16th, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Provincial budget & finance

A few months ago, economist and CCPA research associate Jim Stanford gave a talk in Vancouver based on his newest book, Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism. Of the many important insights that he discussed, perhaps the most significant concerned a problem that has afflicted British Columbia and most other […]

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BC’s irresponsible budget

March 1st, 2016 · · 3 Comments · Children & youth, Provincial budget & finance

As noted in many recent newspaper articles and editorials, posts on this blog, and social media posts, BC’s 2016 budget reflected the short-sighted and unnecessary priority of the current government to pay down debt and “balance” the budget over meeting the pressing needs of British Columbians, particularly those with developmental, financial and social vulnerabilities. This […]

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Five surreal moments in BC Finance Minister’s Q & A with journalists

February 17th, 2016 · · 4 Comments · Provincial budget & finance

OK, so we know what some of the problems are with the 2016 BC Budget. Economists have analyzed how empty it is of real measures to help British Columbians. But I’d also like to share a little bit about what it was like to sit and listen to the Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s Q […]

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Housing Budget? Not so much.

February 17th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Housing Budget? Not so much. · Housing & homelessness, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

It was supposed to be the housing budget, with action to address a top issue facing the province. Today’s banner headline from The Globe and Mail (“Balanced BC budget aims to cool hot real estate market”) implies that they did take concrete measures. But if you read the budget, there is not much there relative […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2016

February 16th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

“The measure of any society is reflected in the degree to which it is willing to help the most vulnerable.” Mike de Jong in the BC Budget 2016 Speech If this is the measure we apply to Budget 2016, then BC is failing miserably. What this budget offers to BC’s most vulnerable is a drop in the bucket. […]

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7 things that should be in the BC Budget but were missing from the Throne Speech

February 15th, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

BC Budget 2016 will be tabled tomorrow but we already know it will include a break on MSP premiums for some single parents, $50 million for new affordable housing initiatives this year (with funding also committed in each of the next four years), help for first-time home buyers, more resources for the long neglected BC child welfare system, […]

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BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe

February 12th, 2016 · · Comments Off on BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe · Economy, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance

Premier Christy Clark rarely misses a chance to take credit for BC’s recent economic growth and job creation numbers even though they have more to do with plunging oil prices and the low dollar than with any action her government has taken. This year’s throne speech was no exception, calling BC “an island of prosperity” and a leader: […]

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BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

February 10th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship […]

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