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Date: February 12, 2004

Provincial budget analysis

The following UVic faculty members are available to discuss the Feb. 17 provincial budget:

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (public administration) says “cities are back on the agenda” with the recent federal decision to waive the GST for municipalities. He’s interested to see if the provincial government will support cities and agree to share its portion of the federal gas tax with B.C. municipalities. Brunet-Jailly has recently completed The State of Cities Across Canada, a study that looks at urban Canada in 2003.

Dr. Brunet-Jailly (public administration) is available at (250) 721-6418 or ebrunetj@uvic.ca

David Good, former assistant deputy minister of Human Resources Development Canada, (public administration) is interested in how the government plans to meet its fiscal targets and address the “dilemmas of financial management control while introducing alternative service delivery arrangements and public/private partnerships which makes accountability more diffused and complicated.” Good is the author of The Politics of Public Management, a critical examination of a headline-making audit of HRDC in 2000.

David Good (public administration) will be in the budget lock-up on Feb. 17. He can be reached later in the day at (250) 721-8058 or dgood@uvic.ca

Dr. Michael Prince (Lansdowne Professor in Social Policy), is particularly interested in the government’s funding levels for the ministries of children and family development and health in its revenue projections for the next few years.

Dr. Prince, (human and social development) will be unavailable on Feb. 17 between 2:30 and 4 p.m. but will be available at home that evening at (250) 598-7328. He is available on Feb. 18 between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at (250) 721-8050 or mprince@uvic.ca

Dr. John Lutz (history) will be watching to see if “provincial heritage resources, such as Barkerville, have been reinserted into the government’s agenda or if they continue to be jettisoned as in the last two budgets.”

Dr. John Lutz (history) is available at (250) 472-5249 or jlutz@uvic.ca

Media contacts:
Patty Pitts (UVic communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

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