Cartoon: Buy Local vs Buying Only What You Need

Find a political cartoon depicting the conflict between the idea that consumers should only buy what they need, with the idea that consumers should be buying as local products and services as they can.

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Federal Fiscal Policy in Canada: History, Operation, and Trends in the Global Recession

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 13, 2009

With the global economic recession of 2008-09, and the various attempts by the Canadian government and its counterparts around the world to address their economic difficulties, the issue of fiscal policy has come to the fore, earning significant public attention. This article provides an introduction to Canadian fiscal policy at the federal level of government.

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Cartoon: Canada Tries to Spend Itself Out of a Recession

Find a political cartoon that depicts Canada trying to spend itself out of a recession and in turn filling the country full of delays.

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Cartoon: Canada's New Federal Deficit - Preparing to Dig a Big Hole

Find a political cartoon depicting the federal government ready to dig a big hole as the government prepares to go into deficit.

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Cartoon: Canada Enters a Recession - Conservative Government Changes Tune

Find a political cartoon depicting Canada entering a recession, while Prime Minister Harper and Finance Minister Flaherty discuss whether Canada's economy is technically in recession.

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Cartoon: Preparing for Ontario's Economic Crisis

Find a political cartoon depicting the coming economic crisis in Ontario as being a wild roller coaster ride.

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Mea Culpa: The Economy and the Election

By Harold Jansen on Oct 11, 2008

It's the last weekend of the election and it's time to look back at the campaign. I've also looked back at the blogging we've been doing. I went back to the post where I argued that the election wouldn't make much difference in the campaign. Obviously, I was wrong. The election has come to dominate the campaign in a way no one could have foreseen. In that post, I argued that the economy wouldn't make much difference because there's a lag between economic changes and voters' perceptions of the economy. As a general statement, I think that holds true. But my argument that voters in Canada wouldn't yet perceive the economic downturn turned out to be incorrect. In my defence, what we've seen in the markets is almost unprecedented. But obviously panic has set in and people have become very concerned with the economy.

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Cartoon: During the Leaders Debate, Will the Economy Bore all the Leaders but Harper?

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper boring all the other political party leaders while talking about the economy.

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How will the economy affect the election? What political science research tells us

By Harold Jansen on Sep 16, 2008

The election was pushed off the front pages by the crisis surrounding the financial industry in the United States, the subsequent carnage on the stock markets, and the implications for the global economy. What impact might all of this have on the election? Political science research into the economy and voting provides us with some clues about what to look for.

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2008 Canadian Election Issues and Events

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 14, 2008

Find a detailed articled outline the key issues and events in the 2008 federal election in Canada, including the minority/majority government question, the economy, leadership, the environment, and Canada in Afghanistan.

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Cartoon: Volatile Market Causing Concerns Among Investors

Find a political cartoon depicting a bear market eating investors alive.

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The Canadian Wheat Board

Feature by Rhonda Parkinson || Jun 1, 2007

Central to the Western Canadian grain industry is the Canadian Wheat Board, which is the sole marketer of western Canadian wheat and barley sold for human consumption. This article discusses the Canadian Wheat Board, including its mandate and operation, the history of wheat regulation in Canada, as well as current debates and pressures on the Board.

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