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Blown Budgets: Canada’s Senior Governments Need Better Fiscal Controls
May 10, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran

Over the past 15 years, Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments have regularly missed budget spending and revenue targets, with spending overshoots of $69 billion combined. The...

Fuzzy Finances: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Municipalities

Canada’s major cities tend to understate revenue and spending, wait too long to release budgets, and confuse taxpayers with obscure figures in their financial reports, finds a new study from the C...

Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2017
April 25, 2017 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson

Alberta and New Brunswick come out on top in the Institute’s latest report card on government financial reporting, with Prince Edward Island trailing the pack. In Numbers You can Trust? The...

Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin

More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact...

Two Sets of Books at City Hall? Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Cities
November 24, 2016 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Jennifer Y. Tsao

Annual budgets in most of Canada’s major cities are a mess – excluding key activities, using inconsistent accounting, burying crucial numbers where only experts can find them, and often voted well...

Controlling the Public Purse: The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2016
April 11, 2016 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments have cumulatively spent $69 billion more than budgeted over the past 15 years, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “...

Robson, Omran - Fiscal Accountability – How to Improve Your Grades
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Finance Date: May 14, 2018 Re:  Fiscal Accountability – How to Improve Your Grades Our latest report on how well,...
Dachis, Robson, Omran - Fuzzy Finances Need to End in Canada's Municipalities
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis, William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran To: Concerned Canadians Date: December 1, 2017 Re: Fuzzy Finances Need to End in Canada’s Municipalities  Cities across Canada are embarking...
John Palmer - Bread and Circuses Revisited. The Reality of Taxpayer Support for Arenas
Intelligence Memos
From: John Palmer To: Concerned Calgarians Date: September 19, 2017 Re: Bread and Circuses Revisited. The Reality of Taxpayer Support for Arenas Calgary is in the middle of the traditional Canadian...

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