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David Thompson is an independent public policy consultant and a Parkland Institute Research Associate. He has postgraduate degrees in law and economics, and has worked in government, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector.
Time to talk about Calgary's revenue needs
Across Canada, we are seeing a more grown-up media conversation about public revenues. Gone are the foot-stomping, the “read my lips” rhetoric, and the fear that mentioning the t-word will cause the sky to fall.
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Financing the Priorities of Calgarians
Based on Calgarians' stated infrastructure and social priorities, this report considers the City's options for paying for those priorities justly and sustainably. We highlight infrastructure and social spending benefits, privatization costs, and issues around property taxes.
an opportunity for today and the future
The NWT Government has recognized the seriousness of the recession, calling it an "unprecedented economic turmoil" that is "likely to last into 2010 and possibly longer." But the budget is largely business-as-usual.
Economic Imperative or Political Choice?
This is an analysis of the North West Territories' financial picture and underlying economy to determine whether the Government's cuts are necessary.
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