OTTAWA | March 2, 2012

Podcast: Upcoming budget could hit Ottawa’s economy hard

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 Many Canadians will be watching the March 29 federal budget closely to find out where spending cuts will be made.

Carleton University professor Robert Shepherd in his officeCarleton University professor Robert Shepherd says the government needs to be more transparent when deciding where to make cuts.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has said that details of spending cuts won’t be revealed in the budget, but that the aim will be to promote growth and avoid drastic cuts.

However with some predicting more than 100,000 government jobs to be cut across Canada, there will be a significant impact on the nation’s capital, where one in five people work in the civil service - a shakeup that could put Ottawa’s economy at risk.

In this week’s podcast, reporter Jordan Adams talks to economist David Macdonald and public policy professor Robert Shepherd about how these spending cuts will affect Ottawa’s economy, and what impact it will have on the delivery of government services.

Podcast Guests

David Macdonald is a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a progressive think tank. He heads the centre’s Alternative Federal Budget project that investigates how the government can build a better Canada. In January Macdonald authored the report "The Cuts behind the Curtain: How federal cutbacks will slash services and increase unemployment."

Robert Shepherd is a professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration. In 1986 he co-founded a management consulting firm that worked with federal government departments.

 

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