Quebec, tired of being portrayed as a freeloader, demands more Graeme Hamilton: On the one hand, Quebec does not appreciate being depicted as a sponge that soaks up federal money to fund generous social programs not offered elsewhere; on the other hand, Quebec would like billions more dollars from Ottawa, please.
Budget showdown? No worries, say investors Budget battles and tottering governments have rattled investors from Dublin to Wisconsin. So Canada’s looming budget showdown ought to have money managers eyeing the exits.
Photo: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty holds up his ‘budget’ shoes after having them resoled in Ottawa March 21, 2011. Flaherty will present the federal budget on March 22. (Blair Gable/Reuters)