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.



Creditors will be chief audience for N.L. budget

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Telegram, March 13, 2017 Troy Media, March 13, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 18, 2017 In setting its budget for 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador needs to correct a public finance crisis, ushered in by years of high spending and big drops in oil-based revenues. It is a ...
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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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Manitoba should cut 36,000 civil service jobs, think-tank says

CBC News quoting AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie By CBC News • CBC.ca, 07 March 2017 A Winnipeg-based think-tank recommends shrinking Manitoba's civil service workforce by about 36,000 jobs because it says the sector ...
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Marco Navarro-Génie speaking with CBC News Manitoba

On March 7, 2017, AIMS CEO Marco Navarro-Génie was interviewed by CBC News Manitoba about the newly released study published jointly by The Frontier Centre for Public Policy and the ...
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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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