The authors begin with an examination of recent developments in the theoretical literature surrounding fiscal federalism. They then examine some of the major issues facing the federation - Is there a vertical imbalance between federal and provincial governments? Does Ottawa collect more revenues than are needed relative to its spending responsibilities while the provinces are under-funded? How do federal-provincial struggles over money and jurisdictional power affect local government or the para-public sector, emerging aboriginal governments, and citizens? Federal government actions in 1999 suggest that Ottawa has not lost all of its interest in social outcomes. It is, however, seeking to influence the well-being of citizens by transferring money to them directly rather than through transfers to provinces. The authors suggest that if this trend continues the approach to the millennium will be seen as a watershed in public policy, given that current trends in Canadian fiscal federalism are as much about re-balancing the federation as they are about decentralization. Contributors include Frances Abele (Carleton), Richard Bird (Toronto), Robin Boadway (Queen's), Estée Garfin (Queen's), Paul Hobson (Queen's), Harry Kitchen (Trent), Harvey Lazar, Jack Mintz (C.D. Howe), Ken Norrie (Alberta), Lars Osberg (Dalhousie), Michael Prince (Victoria), France St-Hilaire (Institute for Research on Public Policy), François Vaillancourt (Montreal), Ronald Watts (Queen's), and Sam Wilson (Alberta).
About the author
Harvey Lazar is adjunct professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and a fellow at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University.
Harvey Lazar is the director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University.
Other titles by Harvey Lazar
Why It Is So Hard to Reform Health Care in Canada
Spheres of Governance
Comparative Studies of Cities in Multilevel Governance Systems
Canadian Fiscal Arrangements
What Works, What Might Work Better
Canada: The State of the Federation 2002
Reconsidering the Institutions of Canadian Federalism
Money, Politics, and Health Care
Reconstructing the Federal-Provincial Partnership
The Impact of Global and Regional Integration on Federal Systems
Canada: The State of the Federation 2001
Canadian Political Culture(s) in Transition
Canada: The State of the Federation 1998/99
How Canadians Connect
Canada: The State of the Federation 1997