Alternative Federal Budget 2015 – “Delivering the Good”

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Governance Debates – Publications/Reports & Studies
March 19, 2015.   CCPA

The federal budget may be missing in action, but we—along with leading Canadian economists and over a hundred members of civil society—have been hard at work. Last week, we released this year’s Alternative Federal Budget and also marked its 20th anniversary.

After 20 years, one thing remains clear: budgets are not just technical financial documents—they are the product of values and contain some of the most important choices that governments make.

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget demonstrates that we can afford to make different choices. If implemented, our plan would ensure that every community has safe drinking water, affordable housing, and effective infrastructure. It would provide affordable childcare for working parents, and access to necessary prescription drugs and dental care for those who can’t afford it. It would lift 893,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost economic growth, and create or sustain 300,000 jobs a year, bringing Canada’s employment rate back to its pre-recession level.
It’s a progressive public policy agenda consistent with the values of millions of Canadians, and in the lead-up to the federal election it provides a benchmark for what is possible.

You can read the full Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good on our website in both English < > and French < >.

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