Conference: The 2009 Federal Budget: Challenge, Response and Retrospect

John Deutsch Institute

May 7-8, 2009

Queen's University

Organized by Charles Beach (Queen's University), Bev Dahlby (University of Alberta) and Paul Hobson (Acadia University)

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Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 7, 2009
Location: Policy Studies Building, Conference Room 202, Queen's University

10:00 - 10:30     Registration

10:30 - 12:00     Session I: Background Context and Major Themes
                        Chair: Paul Hobson (Acadia University)

        "The Prospect of a Hanging? The Political Context for the 2009 Federal Budget"
       Janice MacKinnon (University of Saskatchewan)

        "A Federal Budget Designed for the Times: The Economic Action Plan of 2009"
        Christopher Ragan (McGill University and Finance Canada)

       "Major Themes"
        Richard Harris (Simon Fraser University)

12:00 - 13:00     Lunch

13:00 - 14:30     Session II: Economic Stimulus Objectives and Fiscal Impacts of the Budget
                        Chair: Gregor Smith (Queen's University)

        "Stabilization Policy Debates: Assessing the Case for Fiscal Stimulus"
        William Scarth (McMaster University)

        "Parliamentary Budget Officer: Perspectives on Budget 2009"
       Kevin Page (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)

       "Is Shovel Ready Good Enough?"
       Robert Fairholm (Centre for Spatial Economics)

14:30 - 15:00     Health Break

15:00 - 16:30     Session III: Tax Policy Changes and Financial Regulation
                        Chair: Bev Dahlby (University of Alberta)

        "Tax Policy Changes in the 2009 Budget: Much Ado About Stimulus?"
       Lindsay Tedds (University of Victoria)

        "What Have Four Conservative Budgets Done to Personal Income Taxes? An Empirical Analysis of Who Won and Who Lost from 2005 to 2009"
        Kevin Milligan (University of British Columbia)

        "Financial Market Provisions and Regulation Changes"
       Finn Poschmann (C.D. Howe Institute) (co-author Alex Laurin)

18:00 - 20:00     Reception and Dinner at Queen's University Club
                        Speaker: David Laidler (University of Western Ontario and C.D. Howe Institute)
                       "So How Does Monetary Policy Fit In?"

Friday, May 8, 2009
Location: Policy Studies Building, Conference Room 202, Queen's University

8:00 - 8:30     Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00     Session IV: Implications for Intergovernmental Fiscal Arrangements
                        Chair: John Allan (Queen's University)

        "Cost-Sharing and Federal-Provincial Fiscal Relations"
       Tracy Snoddon (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Paul Hobson (Acadia University)

        "The Evolution of Federal Transfers Since the O'Brien Report"
       Michael Smart (University of Toronto)

        "Implications of Shifting Fiscal and Economic Position of Ontario Within the Canadian Economic Union"
       Jean-François Tremblay (University of Ottawa)

10:00 - 10:30     Health Break

10:30 - 12:00     Session V: Social Policy, Automatic Stabilizers, and the Stretched Social Safety Net
                        Chair: Armine Yalnizyan (Centre for Policy Alternatives)

        "Social Investments, Economic Returns"
        Sherri Torjman (Caledon Institute) (co-author Ken Battle)

        "Canada's Declining Social Safety Net: EI Reform and the 2009 Budget"
        Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University)

        "Ending Poverty through Child Benefits: Hitting the Wall?"
        Frances Woolley (Carleton University)

12:00 - 13:00     Lunch

13:00 - 14:30     Session VI: The Federal Budget and the Environment
                        Chair: Ian Keay (Queen's University)

       "Approaches to Environmental Protection and Effective Policies Towards Global Warming"
        Nancy Olewiler (Simon Fraser University)

       "Greening the Budget and Green Jobs"
        David Watters (Global Advantage Consulting Group)

       "Measures in the Budget and Recommended Directions"
        Tim Weis (The Pembina Institute).

14:30 - 14:45     Health Break

14:45 - 16:15     Session VII: Wrap-Up Panel: The Big Picture
                        Chair: Charles Beach (Queen's University)

       Panelists: Robin Boadway (Queen's University) "Budget Priorities for Canada: Time for Some Big Ideas?"
                    Tom Courchene (Queen's University)
                    William Watson (McGill University)

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Conference Information

Conference to be held in the Policy Studies Building, Conference Room 202, Queen's University.

Conference registration fee is $300.00*, plus GST (GST Registration #R107868705). Registration is limited so please register early.

*A special rate will apply for academics.

Payment by cheque or by credit card. If paying by cheque, please make cheque payable to the John Deutsch Institute and mail to: Sharon Sullivan, John Deutsch Institute, Queen's University, Dunning Hall, Room 216, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6. If paying by credit card, either fill in the information on the online registration form, or phone Sharon at (613)533-2294, or e-mail Sharon the credit card information.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess Street, for the nights of Wednesday, May 6, Thursday, May 7, and Friday, May 8 at a special conference rate of $155.00 per night, plus taxes. Reservations can be made directly by calling the Holiday Inn at 1-800-465-4329 or 1-613-549-8400, ext. 2660 and say that you are booking under the Block of Rooms "JDI Budget Conference". The block of rooms will be available until April 6th, so please book your room as soon as possible.

Conference Organizers

Charles Beach, Director, John Deutsch Institute, Queen's University
phone: (613) 533-2278; e-mail:

Bev Dahlby, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
phone: (780) 492-3406; e-mail:

Paul Hobson, Department of Economics, Acadia University
phone: 902-585-1575; e-mail:

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For further information please contact Sharon Sullivan.

Phone: (613) 533-2294; Fax: (613) 533-6025