Forum president delivers presentation on Canadian federal-provincial transfers at university conference

Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Forum President George Anderson spoke on the topic of pressures confronting Canada’s fiscal federalism as the country emerges from a recession, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Mr. Anderson was participating in the Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy’s summer conference, August 16-18, 2010, whose theme was Recovering Together? Fiscal Pressures, Federalism and Social Policy.

His address, on Aug. 17, 2010, reviewed the history of the major federal-provincial transfers in Canada for health, social programs and equalization, and looked at pressures arising from costs rising faster than revenues, growing disparities in resource wealth amongst provinces and the entry of Canada’s largest province, Ontario, into the equalization receiving category. The system may require some serious design in the coming years.

Mr. Anderson’s power point presentation is available on the Forum’s website.

Other presentations, by 17 other speakers, looked at challenges to Canadian federalism in such areas as income support, health care, investing in human capital, immigration, aboriginal peoples and the recovery from the recession.

All of the presentations to the conference are available on the website of the Queen’s School of Public Policy.

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