Northern Reflections: A Culture Of Fear

The Harper government came to power baying about government accountability. To ensure that accountability they established the Parliamentary Budget Office and hired Kevin Page to keep tabs on government spending. Yet that very same government, Tim Harper writes in today’s Toronto Star, has frustrated Mr. Page’s attempt to do his job: Page is preparing to ...

Northern Reflections: This Isn’t About Jobs and Growth

Jim Flaherty claims that his budget is about “jobs and growth.”  Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page  makes a much stronger counter claim. He reports that, while the Harper government’s cutbacks will result in a balanced budget, they will create significant drag on the economy: The spending restraints and cutbacks will reduce economic output by 0.3 ...