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State of the Manitoba Economy: Assessing the Real Challenges

By Lynne Fernandez First published in the Winnipeg Free Press December 18, 2018 As reported in the Free Press,  Brian Pallister is “fixing the province’s finances”, with what he calls small, gradual funding cuts. Two questions arise from …

The Whimsical World of Business Updates and the Incredible Shrinking Worker

By Lynne Fernandez, This isn’t the first time I’ve been inspired by the CBC’s early-morning business update to go on a little rant. Sometimes it’s the blatant business bias that makes me choke on my bagel; other times …

NDP’s Dix ponders repeal of B.C.’s balanced budget law

NDP’s Dix ponders repeal of B.C.’s balanced buget law,

In a recent blog post we asked the question – Is It Time To Repeal Balanced-budget Legislation In Manitoba? We are pleased to hear that the NDP in B.C. is asking a similar question.

In a recent article in the Vancouver Sun, B.C NDP leader Adrian Dix questions the merit of balanced budget legislation, stating that while his government would aim to balance the books, “governments need to consider revenues, which can fluctuate drastically.”  

The chief economist of B.C.s Central 1 Credit Union, is quoted in the Sun article as affirming the limits of balanced budget legislation. He states “A balanced budget (law), I suppose, imposes some discipline on [fiscal management].  But I still think it comes down to more fundamental questions that have to be asked as to the nature and the role of government in the economy and society.”

A provincial election in B. C. is scheduled for May 14, 2013. Recent polling shows the NDP to have a significant lead. Should they be elected we will watch closely to see what Dix’s government will do about balanced budget legislation.

And we’ll watch even more closely to see if Manitoba follows their lead.



Budget 2012: Deficit Budget Creates Surplus of Spin

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and Shauna MacKinnon We went to the provincial legislature yesterday to review the budget and prepare our analysis. Our pre-budget predictions were accurate. We found a little bit of this and that; nothing of significance …

Election 2011 UnSpun

A Clock Worth Watching The editorial in September 7th’s Winnipeg Free Press about the Canadian Tax Payers Federation’s “debt clock” conjured up a funny image for me: a group of people watching a free-floating number growing while they …