Atlantic Canada doesn’t know what real austerity feels like

Spending has risen steadily in the last generation, and anti-austerity activists clearly need to regain their equilibrium

Atlantic Canada doesn’t know what real austerity feels like
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DOUGHART: Spending has risen steadily in the last generation, and anti-austerity activists clearly need to regain their equilibrium

Atlantic Canada’s oversized public sector

Money can be saved by paring the size of the public sector, finding efficiencies, privatizing some services and controlling wages

Atlantic Canada’s oversized public sector
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NAVARRO-GENIE, DOUGHART: Money can be saved by paring the size of the public sector, finding efficiencies, privatizing some services and controlling wages

Political change? Nowhere in the Canadian breezes

If you hold power now, chances are you will continue to do so

Political change? Nowhere in the Canadian breezes
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KINSELLA: If you hold power now, chances are you will continue to do so

Atlantic Canada could lose Supreme Court seat

New selection process would upend constitutional convention and an important principle of federalism: regional voices matter

Atlantic Canada could lose Supreme Court seat
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WHALEN: New selection process would upend constitutional convention and an important principle of federalism: regional voices matter

At least Atlantic Canada leads in something

Unfortunately, it's sales taxes

At least Atlantic Canada leads in something
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DOUGHART: Unfortunately, it’s sales taxes

Health-care spending increases point to unsustainable future

Provincial governments need to start re-examining how their health-care dollars are spent or implementing meaningful health-care reform now

Health-care spending increases point to unsustainable future
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BARUA, PALACIOS: Provincial governments need to start re-examining how their health-care dollars are spent or implementing meaningful health-care reform now

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade deal

An east-west trade confederation would harmonize a variety of standards, saving time and money and removing roadblocks to economic growth

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade deal
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NAVARRO-GENIE: An east-west trade confederation would harmonize a variety of standards, saving time and money and removing roadblocks to economic growth

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficulties

Instead, it has too few young workers due to a slow economy, caused largetly by government policies

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficulties
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WILLIAMSON: Instead, it has too few young workers due to a slow economy, caused largetly by government policies

Atlantic Canada hurt by Liberal reversal of their own EI policies

By making benefits too easy to access, a cycle of unemployment is created that discourages the pursuit of education

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WILLIAMSON: By making benefits too easy to access, a cycle of unemployment is created that discourages the pursuit of education

Atlantic Canada facing an economic crisis

The level of support from other regions of the country has created a dangerous sense of entitlement

Atlantic Canada facing an economic crisis
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MCKINNON, NAVARRO-GENIE: The level of support from other regions of the country has created a dangerous sense of entitlement