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Date: March 19, 2004

Federal budget analysis

The following UVic faculty members are available to discuss the March 23 federal budget:

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (public administration) says Canada’s large cities need a minimum infusion of $25 billion for outstanding infrastructure projects but won’t likely get it in the upcoming budget. He expects smaller cities will be happy with plans for a GST rebate. Brunet-Jailly has recently completed The State of Cities Across Canada, a study that looks at urban Canada in 2003.
Dr. Brunet-Jailly can be contacted at (250) 721-6418 or ebrunetj@uvic.ca

David Good, (public administration) is a former assistant deputy minister of Human Resources Development Canada. He will be looking for expenditure management and to see if the government builds accountability mechanisms into the budget to avoid future spending scandals. He’s also interested in how the new president of the Treasury Board deals with expenditure reallocations. Good is the author of The Politics of Public Management, a critical examination of a headline-making audit of HRDC in 2000.
David Good can be contacted at (250) 721-8058 or dgood@uvic.ca

Dr. Michael Prince (human and social development) will be watching to see if the government uses aid packages for the hard-hit cattle and beef industry and other initiatives to “woo the West.” Prince is also interested to see if the government follows up on throne speech references to provide greater opportunities to Canadians with disabilities to fully participate in the workforce through workplace accommodation and training programs.
Dr. Michael Prince (Acting Dean, Human and Social Development) at (250) 721-8050 or mprince@uvic.ca. He will be unavailable between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on March 23 and will be available in the evening at (250) 598-7328.

Dr. Paddy Rodney (nursing) will be watching to see if the budget addresses the vision of the Romanow report and outlines a leadership role for the federal government to address inequities in regional and provincial health care delivery. “This is particularly urgent because of the shortfalls in health care delivery in B.C.” she adds.
Dr. Paddy Rodney can be paged at (604) 601-7176.

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