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Department
Political Science
Course
POLS 2250
Professor
Tim Mau
Semester
Winter

Description
GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES 2008-2012  BUDGET 2008 – ‘RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP’ - focused on different issues - argued that Pierre Trudeau put Canada in a deficit - Paul Martin focused on economic issues but deficit increased  MAINTAIN STRONG FISCAL MANAGEMENT o DEBT REDUCTION - in 2008 o DELIVERING ON TAX BACK GUARANTEE - $2 BILLION IN INTEREST SAVINGS BY 2009- 10 GOING TO PERSONAL INCOME TAX REDUCTIONS o KEEP SPENDING FOCUSED & DISCIPLINED o FOCUS ON CORE FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITIES - Stephen Harper is a provincialist in his adherence to the division of power, he is reluctant to do anything as a federal government  STRENGTHENING CANADA’S TAX ADVANTAGE o INTRODUCTION OF THE TAX-FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT o SUPPORT FOR Small and Medium sized Business THROUGH R&D TAX INCENTIVES  INVESTING IN PEOPLE o DEVELOP BEST-EDUCATED, MOST SKILLED AND FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE IN THE WORLD o ENHANCEMENTS TO GRANTS AND LOAN PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS o $25 MILLION OVER 2 YEARS FOR NEW CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS (TOP CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL PhD STUDENTS) o ESTABLISH 20 CANADA GLOBAL EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIRS  INVESTING IN KNOWLEDGE o MONEY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES & TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES o ATTENUATE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN – E.G., FORESTRY SECTOR; FARM PROGRAMS; OLDER WORKERS  INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE o MAKE GAS TAX FUND PERMANENT ($2 BILLION/YEAR) o CAPITAL INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC TRANSIT o NEW CROWN CORPORATION – PPP CANADA INC.  LEADERSHIP AT HOME o VULNERABLE; ABORIGINALS; HEALTH & SAFETY OF CANADIANS; VISION FOR THE NORTH; CLEANER, HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT; CRIME & SECURITY o $49 MILLION FOR OLYMPICS / ATHLETE PREPARATION  LEADERSHIP ABROAD o SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN FORCES o INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE (E.G., AFRICA, AFGHANISTAN) o IMPROVE BORDERS – MONEY TO CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY; HIGH SECURITY PASSPORT BY 2011; SUPPORT FOR NEXUS - due to security concerns after 9/11 GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES 2008-2012  BUDGET 2009 – ‘CANADA’S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN’ - made available to local governments CONTEXT o GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECESSION o G 20 COMMITMENT—2% OF GDP FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS ($30B IN SPENDING)
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