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You always learn something when accountants feud

December 9th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Every year in BC people who follow government get an early Christmas present in late November,  For the better part of a week BC’s Auditor General sits down with the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to talk about the Auditor General’s reports. This year’s encounter was quieter than some in the past.  Former Auditor General […]

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BC hospital P3 ownership moves to tax haven

November 6th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

One more of British Columbia’s public private partnerships (P3s) has headed on down the road to ownership in a European tax haven.  Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure completed deals last summer to acquire equity and loans for the Kelowna Vernon Hospital.  It is also buying out equity and loans on Alberta’s North East Stoney Trail highway […]

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What’s the Canada-EU trade deal all about?

November 4th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Democracy and participation, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Chances are, you’ve heard about the Canada-EU trade deal. It’s hard to miss, what with the federal government hard at work staging photo-ops and events across the country, promoting the deal as a major win. The official sales pitch focuses on the trade aspects of the deal – lowering or eliminating tariffs between Canada and […]

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A new government? It’s not as easy as it looks

February 28th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If there is a new government in BC on May 15th, it will be confronted with issues that make the transition particularly challenging. The financial issues are a given.  Debt has gone up.  Possibly, given the economic recession we faced, it should have gone up even further.  The dramatic rise in long term contractual obligations […]

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Parliamentary reform idea: Get Out of the House

February 15th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Transparency & accountability

By Seth Klein and Shannon Daub [Note: Samara Canada has been gathering ideas for reforming Parliament. All the ideas they have collected are being posted on their blog, which you can find here. What follows is our contribution.] Here’s the big dilemma: Whatever reforms are made to Parliamentary practice and conduct, the simple truth is […]

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Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

February 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

A new CCPA (National) report by Marc Lee and myself argues that Canada’s tax system needs a “fairness” overhaul and presents a framework for progressive tax reform. Those of you who have been following our tax work so far will find this study a great complement to the BC Tax Options Paper. Tax policy is […]

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British Columbians are ready for a thoughtful conversation about taxes, inequality, public services

December 4th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Transparency & accountability

An oped in today’s Vancouver Sun, outlining key lessons from CCPA opinion research released last week: Beyond the 1%: What British Columbians think about taxes, inequality and public services. British Columbians ready for a thoughtful talk about taxes A growing consensus that extreme inequality is as much an economic problem as it is a moral […]

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How the rules got fiddled to make sure a public private partnership got pushed through

July 12th, 2012 · · 3 Comments · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Transparency & accountability

In 2008 British Columbia’s controversial public private partnership (P3) program was in trouble. With P3s private companies put up financing for public services and infrastructure and in exchange get to manage the projects with guaranteed profits for decades.  The cost of private finance was always higher than if government borrowed the money itself, but in […]

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Why do the citizens of Maine have a voice on free trade deals but Canadians don’t?

June 22nd, 2012 · · Comments Off · Transparency & accountability

Canada is now facing east and west as it attempts to negotiate trade deals with both Europe and in the Pacific region.  Both of these new deals are being negotiated in secret.  There is no room for the public to know what is being traded away or to express an opinion. Does negotiating a trade […]

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TransLink Funding and Governance (Yet Again)

March 8th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

I always smile when I think of the provincial negotiator Peter Cameron’s comments when we were wrapping up the final details in the transit funding and governance negotiations leading to the creation of Translink. We all thought we had a good agreement. MetroVancouver would be given broad responsibilities to plan and deliver transit services, develop […]

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