Brian Lee Crowley

Trudeau was selling deficits, but the G7 wasn’t buying

The 2017 G7 meeting in Japan should give Prime Minister Trudeau ‎reason to reflect on his plan for deficit spending as Sean Speer and I argued in an op-ed in the Financial Post on June 3rd 2017. Trudeau arrived in Japan determined to sell other leaders on the merits of budgetary deficits to grow the economy. But his peers weren’t buying. ‎The summit’s 14,000-word communiquĂ© was silent on calls for more government spending. Perhaps the other leaders know something Justin doesn’t…or that he’s trying his hardest to ignore.

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Making up for decades of neglect of Aboriginal peoples isn’t cheap

The Fraser Institute’s Mark Milke made headlines recently with his report on the vertiginous rise in spending on Aboriginal peoples by governments in recent decades. But he neglected the context, which is renewed commitment (both judicial and constitutional) to treaties and Aboriginal rights, the appalling social and economic starting point of many Aboriginal people and the often unsung progress that has resulted from increased resources. Money is not the solution to everything, but solutions do cost money. Read my latest column in the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers.

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Brian Lee Crowley
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