About hugh@HMA

Freelance consulting progressive economist.

Ontario Provincial Auditor Throws P3s in the Trash

In her 2014 report, Ontario’s Provincial Auditor has published a damning assessment of the cost effectiveness of Ontario’s large and growing P3 program for public infrastructure. Looking at 75 P3 projects, it found a cost disadvantage for P3 procurement compared with conventional government contracting of $8 billion. More important for… Continue reading

New Report on Canada’s Retirement Income System at CCPA

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My latest report, “Risky Business” on the subject of Canada’s Retirement Income System is now available from the CCPA website.

This report reviews the performance of the three components of Canada’s retirement income system: Old Age Security; the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans; and the private pension and individual retirement saving system. Ultimately, the report finds that Canada’s retirement income system may work well for the mutual fund industry but that it’s failing individual Canadians.

(Still) … time for an adult conversation about taxes and public services

Today’s headline in the Toronto Star — “Ontario businesses looking for balanced budget, tax cuts” reminds us yet again that, when it comes to taxes, budgets and public services, those who claim to be our leaders look at the world in a way that would embarrass a six-year-old. It is… Continue reading

New Interview with HEADSPACE

Interview about the Toronto city budget, with HEADSPACE, went live today. A couple of key take-aways… On Rob Ford’s elimination of the Vehicle Registration Tax: “… Ford was right that the tax discriminated against suburbanites versus those living downtown, as there are probably a lot more people in the centre of the… Continue reading