OTTAWA—The 2016 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), projects a federal deficit of $29.2 billion for 2016-17 when Liberal platform measures are taken into account. It also delivers a blueprint showing how the government could take on a $37.9 billion deficit and still maintain Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio.
The Alternative Federal Budget 2016: Time To Move On proves that we can fight climate change and create jobs at the same time, that we can reduce poverty and grow the economy responsibly, and that there is more than enough fiscal room to ensure that everyone can have a better future.
Last year, millions of us rejected the politics of austerity, fear and inequality. We voted for change. So, let's change things. We shouldn't let the idea of federal deficits, even relatively large ones, scare us off making much needed investments in Canada. There is more than enough fiscal room to ensure that everyone can have a better future.
OTTAWA — L’Alternative budgétaire pour le gouvernement fédéral (ABGF) de 2016 dévoilée aujourd’hui par le Centre canadien de politiques alternatives (CCPA) prévoit un déficit fédéral de 29,2 milliards de dollars en 2016‑2017, compte tenu des mesures du programme libéral. Elle présente aussi un plan directeur démontrant comment le gouvernement pourrait accepter un déficit de 37,9 milliards de dollars tout en maintenant le ratio de la dette-au-PIB du Canada.
We shouldn't let the idea of federal deficits, even relatively large ones, scare us off making much needed investments in Canada. There is more than enough fiscal room to ensure that everyone can have a better future.
L’Alternative budgétaire pour le gouvernement fédéral de 2016 : C'est le temps d'agir démontre que nous pouvons lutter contre les changements climatiques tout en créant des emplois, nous pouvons réduire la pauvreté par une croissance économique responsable, et qu'il y a plus que suffisamment de marge de manœuvre budgétaire pour garantir un meilleur avenir à tous.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotians know the government has very serious decisions to make when it comes to the provincial budget. More Nova Scotians want to provide meaningful input into how tax dollars are collected and how they are spent. Stronger Together: the Nova Scotia Alternative Provincial Budget 2016 is being released during budget consultations to ensure Nova Scotians get access to better information about the consequences of government budgetary decisions, and the full range of choices possible.
The current state of affairs in Nova Scotia is the result of policy and government budgetary choices made over the course of the past 30 years. In cutting funding for social services, failing to enforce labour standards, and putting downward pressure on public sector wages, provincial governments have rejected plans for a unifed Nova Scotia. Rural communities have been pitted against city residents, recipients of income assistance against students, and workers against each other (union versus non-union, public versus private sector).
This report contends that the 2015 federal budget may deliver a surplus, but will fall short on delivering solutions to many of the problems facing Canadians. Accordingly, it puts forward fully-costed solutions to five pressing issues, none of which is likely to be included in the upcoming federal budget: job creation, child poverty, safe drinking water, affordable child care, and climate change. Each is drawn from the 2015 Alternative Federal Budget.