MacKinnon, Canada's first female finance minister, provides keen observations on how personalities and shared regional perspectives cut across party affiliations in the evolution of federal-provincial deliberations on managing the debt crisis. Although initially opposed to the radical cuts and downloading unilaterally imposed by the federal minister of Finance in his 1995 budget, she now argues that they were essential and analyses how they have irrevocably transformed the Canadian federation. MacKinnon provides a timely analysis of the implications of the fiscal crisis for the future of medicare and Canada's other social programs and shows why politicians must involve the Canadian public in an open and frank debate about the challenges and choices facing the nation.And introducing the goods and services tax (GsT) was a major political battle for the Conservatives. ... The Conservatives implemented forty-three tax increases, including eliminating exemptions, broadening the base of existing taxes, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Minding the Public Purse|
|Publisher||:||McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2003-03-06|