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Impulse Spending: Canada's 2011 Fiscal Accountability Rankings

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  • Colin Busby

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

  • William B.P. Robson

    (C.D. Howe Institute)

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Fiscal pressures and sovereign debt concerns around the world are intensifying scrutiny of government finances. Even in Canada, where these pressures and concerns are less acute, federal and provincial fiscal controls could be better. Some Canadian governments still present budgets to their legislatures using different accounting than appears in their public accounts at year-end. Some present their public accounts far too late. Auditors do not always give unqualified approval. Most, however, have improved their financial reporting – with Ottawa, Ontario and New Brunswick standing out – showing that progress is possible, and setting the mark for others to follow.

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Article provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its journal C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 142 (September)
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Handle: RePEc:cdh:backgr:142

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Keywords: Fiscal & Tax Competitiveness; Canada; Canadian provinces; fiscal accountability rankings;

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  1. Reid S. Adrian & Yvan Guillemette & William B.P. Robson, 2007. "Missed Targets: Canada's 2007 Fiscal Accountability Ranking," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 100, March.
  2. Colin Busby & William Robson, 2013. "Canada's 2012 Fiscal Accountability Rankings," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 373, February.
  3. Alexandre Laurin & William Robson, 2010. "The Public-Sector Pension Bubble: Time to Confront the Unmeasured Cost of Ottawa's Pensions," e-briefs 108, C.D. Howe Institute.
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