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All eyes (soon to be) on Rideau Hall as shuffle speculation swirls

Even as rumours of an imminent cabinet restructuring race across the ice-encrusted precinct and through the hallways of the capital, there’s still no word – no official word, at least – on exactly… 363 more words


Let the frantic last-minute early adjournment negotiations begin!

Depending – as always – on how it unfolds, today could mark the final sitting before the Chamber shuts down for the holidays.

While the official Commons calendar would keep MPs on the clock until Friday, those same MPs could rise ahead of schedule, provided that every one of them – or, at least, every one who is within range to take part in a voice vote when and if a motion to do so is put to the House – agrees to close up shop tonight. 697 more words


Opinion: Legalizing marijuana isn't apt to bring a windfall for governments

Several economic myths have surrounded the legalization of marijuana. This has maintained the illusion that it would be a bonanza for federal and provincial treasuries because of the supposed enormous tax revenues that legalization would generate. 599 more words


Competition from black market means legal marijuana won’t likely be tax cash cow: PBO

OTTAWA – Legal marijuana must be delicately taxed and competitively priced or consumers will retreat to the black market, negating a core rationale for legalization, the parliamentary budget officer said Tuesday. 773 more words


Ottawa expects 600,000 more people to smoke pot after it's legalized

Approximately 600,000 more Canadian may smoke marijuana – at least occasionally – when it’s legalized, a report published Tuesday by the Parliamentary Budget Officer predicts. 633 more words


John Ivison: Trudeau mulls plan to give budget watchdog teeth but it could come back to bite Liberals

Much of the legislative architecture built by the Harper government is being torn down by the Trudeau Liberals.

But there is one edifice the government has said it will not only preserve, but will actively enhance — the Parliamentary Budget Office. 705 more words

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Education tax credits were mostly used by top-earners: PBO

OTTAWA – The country’s highest-earning families benefited disproportionately from tax breaks and incentives designed to help people save and pay for post-secondary education, says a new report from the budget watchdog. 503 more words