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MEDIA ADVISORY: IRPP experts available to comment on federal budget

April 6, 2022 Print

Montreal — Experts from the Institute for Research on Public Policy are available to provide commentary on the upcoming 2022 federal budget, on areas such as fiscal policy, Canada’s social safety net, and federal-provincial relations.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will present her budget on Thursday, April 7. What will it mean for Canada’s debt and deficit picture? How could increased spending for defence, pharmacare and dental care impact the government’s fiscal outlook? Will there be room for increases to provincial health transfers and major spending on green infrastructure? And what measures might be announced to help alleviate the financial pressures that Canadians are facing?

The following IRPP experts are available for commentary in the lead-up to and on the day of the budget announcement, as well as in the days following the release for additional insights:

France St-Hilaire, Economist & Vice-President, Research:
Income inequality, basic income, fiscal and ecofiscal policy

Charles Breton, Political Scientist & Executive Director, Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation
Fiscal federalism, federal-provincial relations, Canada Health Transfer, public opinion

Colin Busby, Economist & Research Director
Fiscal policy, social safety net (including EI), seniors, pharmacare, housing

Natalia Mishagina, Economist & Research Director
Skills development for working-age adults, future of work

Find out more about IRPP experts.

To book an interview with an IRPP expert, or for more information, please contact: Cléa Desjardins – 514-245-2139 or

About the Institute for Research on Public Policy 

Since 1972, the IRPP has been working to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight, and influencing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments. We bring together the worlds of research and public policy to improve the lives of Canadians.

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Cléa Desjardins
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