Saturday, April 10, 2010

Government of Canada Priorities: Jobs, Recovery

Estimates of potential GDP are crucial for monetary and fiscal policymakers who require estimates of the economy’s capacity to gauge inflationary pressures and to assess the budgetary position over the business cycle. Unfortunately, an economy’s potential GDP and output gap are not directly observable and therefore must be estimated. Fortunately the Department of Finance and the Bank of Canada construct estimates of potential GDP which are used in their respective policy analyses and deliberations.

However, given the absence of published estimates over the forecast horizon 2008-2013, it is necessary to construct them.
Future potential growth is assumed at 2.4% annually and an upper bound of 2.7% and lower bound of 2.1% are also considered. This range is consistent with estimates of potential growth provided by private sector forecasters and the Bank of Canada. -The Budgetary Balance and the Economic Cycle December 18, 2008

March 6, 2009 - Global fiscal stimulus is essential now to support aggregate demand and restore economic growth. The International Monetary Fund has called for fiscal stimulus in as many countries as possible, including emerging market and advanced economies. This paper uses simulations with a multi-country structural model to show that worldwide expansionary fiscal policy combined with accommodative monetary policy can have significant multiplier effects on the world economy.-INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

July 6, 2009 - Given the revised economic outlook, updated assumptions, and announced post-budget measures, PBO is now projecting cumulative budgetary deficits of $155.9 billion over the 5-year projection period 2009-10 to 2013-14. The budget deficit is expected to peak at $48.6 billion (3.2 per cent of GDP) in 2009-10, improving to $16.7 billion (0.9 per cent of GDP) by 2013-14. Economic and Fiscal Assessment

November 2009 - Reflecting the better-than-expected employment performance since May and upward revisions to real GDP growth, private sector forecasters have revised down their outlook for the unemployment rate in the near term (Table 1-4). Based on the September 2009 PBO survey, forecasters expect the unemployment rate to average 8.4 per cent in 2009 and 8.9 per cent in 2010 – lower than the 8.7 per cent and 9.4 per cent, respectively, expected in the June survey. Economic Fiscal Update

April 9, 2010 -  March’s employment increase brings total gains to 176,000 (+1.1%) since July 2009. Employment edged up by 18,000 in March, continuing an upward trend that began in July 2009. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2%.- Labour Force Survey

April 10, 2010 - Where the Helena Guergis media frenzy is most beneficial to Liberals is that it is distracting attention away from our sensational economic recovery. - The Iceman This story should be shouted from the rooftops because it affects every Canadian unlike other stories that the Lame Stream Media's been focused on lately. - Chasing Apple Pie

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Calgary Junkie said...

If Iggy had half a clue about how to present himself as a Prime-Minister-in-waiting, he would let his attack dogs--Easter and Neville is about right--do the dirty work, while he asks more economy related questions.

But of course that won't happen. Iggy will probably use all of his three questions, plus the next 10 Lib questioners, to ask about Guergis. The beating of the soon-to-be-dead horse will go on and on.

CanadianSense said...

I am grateful our economy and country is doing so well and the opposition are unable to screw it up. As political junkies watching the smear job is upsetting but if we need to bear in mind perception vs reality.
People are NOT tuning in to watch the Liberal trainwreck push another stunt. They have tuned out the Taliban Prison Comfort Policy. They shot themselves in the face with taxfunded abortion for the Congo. They needed a court to grant another extension for leadership loans. Things are not going well.

Liberal Vision failed to ignite the nation, it was abandoned for kick another female conservative MP stunt.

This can't be good for morale in the Liberals. Not all of them think these stunts make sense. I won't be suprised if a few "disloyal" Liberal MP's distance themselves from the smears and forget to show up for work on key votes.