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NL budget continues risky strategy

By | April 11th, 2017|Commentary|

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, 11 April 2017 The Telegram, 17 April 2017   The budget strategy laid out by Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016 was simple: government would hold down program spending, allow for some increases in total spending from higher debt servicing costs, and let rising oil prices and other income [...]

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New Brunswick: Atlantic Canada’s most urban province

By | April 6th, 2017|Commentary|

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) Troy Media, April 6, 2017 Telegraph Journal, April 10, 2017   New Brunswick is often thought of as a rural place, aided by the absence of a single large urban centre. This sets New Brunswick apart from the other three Atlantic provinces, all with one dominant city. Figures from the [...]

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Use the budget to restore public confidence

By | April 4th, 2017|Commentary|

By ED HOLLETT (AIMS Senior Fellow) The Telegram, April 4, 2017 Paul Daly/The Canadian Press Based on their experience with tax increases last year, many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are looking to Thursday’s budget with some understandable worry.   This public anxiety is one of the reasons the provincial government should make a course correction. [...]

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Creditors will be chief audience for N.L. budget

By | March 13th, 2017|Commentary|

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 critical time for the province’s [...]

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Manitoba should cut 36,000 civil service jobs, think-tank says

By | March 7th, 2017|In the Media|

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 is too big for the province's population. The Frontier Centre for Public Policy and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies released a report this week [...]

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Marco Navarro-Génie speaking with CBC News Manitoba

By | March 7th, 2017|Media Appearances|

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 Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, which recommends shrinking Manitoba's civil service.  

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Spending rise, not austerity is Nova Scotia’s challenge

By | January 4th, 2017|Beacon, Commentary|

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 plethora of local organizations, from [...]

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Fixing NL’s fiscal problems require long-term vision

By | December 28th, 2016|Beacon, Commentary|

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 equalization?” Nov. 14). In his [...]

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Average-size public sector ‘would save N.S. $1-billion’

By | December 22nd, 2016|Beacon, Commentary|

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 Scotia constitutes a major expense [...]

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Proof the Atlantic provinces haven’t stopped spending, despite protests over ‘austerity.’

By | December 20th, 2016|Commentary|

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. “Austerity” has become a popular [...]

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