P U B L I C   F I N A N C E   &   F I S C A L    F E D E R A L I S M

All four Atlantic Provinces face serious fiscal challenges. Public debt as a share of GDP is high, and debt servicing costs threaten to further constrain the ability of governments to keep taxes competitive and public services adequately funded in the years ahead.

Our work in the area of public finances and fiscal federalism draws on lessons from our own country’s history and other jurisdictions to identify successful strategies for public spending and tax reform that can help spur economic growth while improving the health of public finances. AIMS will also continue to be a leading centre for research on equalization and fiscal federalism.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

 

Spending rise, not austerity is Nova Scotia’s challenge

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) • Chronicle Herald, 04 January 2017 Austerity has become a popular buzzword over the last decade, gaining traction in the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession and subsequent fiscal troubles in Europe. It has also found its way into Atlantic Canada’s public discourse. A ...
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Fixing NL’s fiscal problems require long-term vision

By MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (AIMS President) and JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Policy Analyst) • The Telegram, 28 December 2016 Ferryland district MHA Keith Hutchings wrote in a letter to The Telegram recently, “It is time … to challenge the federal government on our province’s share of equalization.” (“Why isn’t the government demanding ...
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Average-size public sector ‘would save N.S. $1-billion’

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Policy Analyst) and MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (AIMS President) • Chronicle Herald, 22 December 2016 The authors of AIMS's study The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Atlantic Canada, 2015 discuss the findings of their paper. They show how excessive and growing government employment in Nova ...
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Proof the Atlantic provinces haven’t stopped spending, despite protests over ‘austerity.’

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) • Financial Post, 20 December 2016 AIMS Research Associate Patrick Webber discusses his AIMS paper Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada. He outlines how, contrary to the rhetoric of anti-austerity advocates, all four Atlantic provincial governments have increased real absolute and per-person spending since 1980 ...
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No austerity in Atlantic Canada

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Policy Analyst) • Troy Media, 14 December 2016 • Charlottetown Guardian, 19 December 2016 It's nearly impossible these days to have a conversation about public finance without someone crying "Austerity!" This term has become the meme of choice for political actors, activists and commentators who oppose ...
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MEDIA MENTIONS

 

Jackson Doughart on Atlantic Austerity

On Dec. 9, 2016, AIMS Policy Analyst Jackson Doughart joined Jean-Albert Maire of Radio Canada to discuss AIMS's policy paper "Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada." The interview is in French ...
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Patrick Webber on Austerity in Atlantic Canada

On Dec. 8, 2016 AIMS Author Patrick Webber joined the Sheldon MacLeod Show to discuss his paper Measuring Austerity in Atlantic Canada ...
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More needs to be done to trim public service: AIMS

News article quoting AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie • Chronicle Herald, 23 November 2016 More needs to be done to trim the provincial public service, says the author of a new ...
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P.E.I. public sector workforce too expensive, says AIMS

News article quoting AIMS study The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Atlantic Canada, 2015 • CBC News, 22 November 2016 The P.E.I. government needs to look harder ...
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