Author: Paul Boothe
The final paper in the series is by Paul Boothe of the University of Alberta. Like Boessenkool’s, this paper focuses on a specific reform proposal. Boothe begins by reviewing a number of concerns with the current program related to its affordability/sustainability, its adequacy to meet its constitutional mandate, its transparency and accountability and its volatility. He next reviews the radical reform proposed by Boothe and Hermanutz (1999) and discusses the reasons that such a reform has not attracted much support from policy makers. Finally, he proposes a more modest reform than Boothe and Hermanutz (1999) that goes much of the way to address the concerns he outlines at the beginning of the paper.