Back to Basics – Conservative style.

Andrew Coyne has an interesting article in the May issue of Walrus (https://thewalrus.ca/how-to-save-the-conservative-party/), arguing that, more serious than electoral defeat, Stephen Harper’s legacy: “was the atrophying of conservatism as an intellectual force that resulted from his tenure. It wasn’t only that the Harper government did so little, or that so much of what it did should Read More…

Policies for a Post-Neoliberal Age?

I started this little series on neoliberalism by commenting on a piece that George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian newspaper some months ago.  Readers may recall that Monbiot had argued that the key policy response to the Great Depression of the 1930’s stemmed from J.M. Keynes advocacy of a stimulative fiscal policy, but that, when Read More…

The Alberta Government Deficit: What’s the Problem?

The government of Alberta recently released – on August 23 – an update (http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/quarterly/2016/2016-17-1st-Quarter-Fiscal-Update.pdf#page=11) on its financial situation.  It estimated that the deficit for the current fiscal year would be some $10.9 billion, $527 million higher than forecast at the time the province’s budget was brought down in April of this year.  Total revenue is Read More…

The Federal Budget, 2016

The recently released Budget is notable for a number of reasons. Major proposals included:  important changes to the structure of benefits for families with children; a major ramp up in federal government spending, especially capital spending on ‘infrastructure’; a significant increase in the projected deficit. Much of the commentary on the Budget has focussed on Read More…

Welcome to my new blog!

I’m an economist, now retired and living in the shadow of the eastern Canadian Rockies, and spent most of my working life in the employ of various departments and agencies of the Canadian federal government.  Having written reports and memos for most of that time, the urge to write has never left me.  Now, however, Read More…