Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


New IIGR Working Paper

In a joint report between the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute titled “Fiscal Fairness: How Equalization Failed Alberta in its Time of Need and How to Fix It,” authors Thomas J. Courchene and Teresa M. Courchene examine the problems inherent in the current equalization formula and the solutions that are on the table to correct the imbalance facing Alberta.

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Thomas J. Courchene has authored/edited several hundred publications across a wide range of Canadian public policy areas and is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Donner Prizes, one in 1998 and one in 2019 for his book “Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens.” He also received the Canada Council Molson Prize for lifetime achievement in the social sciences in 2000. He is a former Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University and was the founding director of Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

Teresa M. Courchene has served as the Director of Economic Research at TD Bank. She has spent the last 15 years focused on teaching and research in the areas of early years’ learning, mathematics and financial literacy. Teri currently teaches investing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.