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Federal Budget 2012: Highlights for Atlantic Canada

March 29, 2012

The Conservative government’s first full budget since they were elected with a parliamentary majority in May 2011 was tabled today by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. This Commentary highlights the implications for Atlantic Canada.  The overall theme reflects a move to return to surplus by 2015/2016 by reducing the size of the federal civil service, tempered by some measures to encourage private sector job growth. While tax rates remain unchanged the budget was used to announce changes to federal policies on innovation, regulatory review processes, immigration, and seniors’ income security designed to improve long-term economic performance and sustainability of public finances in the context of an aging population.  

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March 29, 2012

Federal Budget 2012: Highlights for Atlantic Canada

 

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