Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Stabilizing Provincial Revenues: Economic, Political and Policy Perspectives Collection

How should Canadians mitigate and cope with severe shocks to provincial revenues? Should the federal government enhance nationwide insurance? Should the provinces limit and insure against provincial revenue volatility themselves? And how do we identify useful and politically acceptable policy solutions?

On April 17, 2019, the Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations brought together a group of economists, political scientists and policy experts to explore these and other issues related to provincial revenue shocks. The discussants and panellists were:

  • Robin Boadway (Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Queen’s University)
  • Tom Courchene (Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics and the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University)
  • Adrienne Davidson (Skelton-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University)
  • Patrick Deutscher (Queen’s University; former Chief Economist of Ontario and former Assistant Deputy Minister in the Office of Economic Policy at the Ministry of Finance)
  • Kyle Hanniman (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University)
  • Scott Matthews (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Memorial University)
  • Trevor Tombe (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary)
  • Tracy Snoddon (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University)

A number of panellists prepared summaries of their presentations, which can be found below:

Title Author/Editor Year
The Federal Response to Provincial Fiscal Shocks: Imperatives, Opportunities and Pitfalls [PDF 158KB] Robin Boadway, Queen's University 2019
Improving decision-making and debate around Canada's intergovernmental transfer system: The Potential of an Independent Council [PDF 199KB] Kyle Hanniman, Queen's University 2019
Public Opinion and Managing Subnational Fiscal Risks [PDF 194KB] J. Scott Matthews, Memorial University 2019
Stabilization Policy in Canada: A Proposal for Fiscal Reform  [PDF 355KB] Trevor Tombe, University of Calgary 2019
Tackling Provincial Revenue Volatility  [PDF 202KB] Tracy Snodden, Wilfrid Laurier University 2019

Held Monday, April 17, 2019