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Available Expert - Canadian Government set to announce 2018 federal budget

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Queen’s University experts Kathy Brock (Policy Studies, Political Studies), Don Drummond (Policy Studies), and Art Cockfield (Law) will be available to comment on the 2018 Canadian federal budget following its unveiling on Tuesday, February 27.

"Budgets are inherently political documents," says Dr. Brock. "The political messaging in this federal budget is especially important as the federal Liberal government seeks to shore up its dipping support. Does it promise enough in areas like defence, peacekeeping and international assistance to offset the negative press over the PM’s recent trips to China and India? Will it offset the unpredictable trade negotiations with the United States? Does it put money where its mouth is on Indigenous issues? And, will the budget assist Justin Trudeau’s provincial counterpart and ally, Kathleen Wynne, by offering Ontario voters compelling reasons to vote Liberal in the upcoming provincial election?"

Kathy Brock is a professor of policy and political studies at Queen’s University with expertise in public policy and the voluntary sector, Canadian government and politics, federalism, aboriginal self-government, public law, women and politics and governing institutions.

Don Drummond is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University with leading expertise in economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy, and tax policy.

Art Cockfield is a tax law scholar and policy consultant, and a professor of law at Queen’s University. He has served as a legal and policy consultant to the OECD, the UN, the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance, and others, and specializes in taxation, law and technology, and privacy.

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