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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Poverty, U.S. politics, budgets - issues and experts

Poverty, U.S. politics, budgets - issues and experts

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December 08, 2004
The truth about child poverty…Recently Canada 2000, a national coalition of groups fighting child poverty, released a damning report card on the federal government's efforts to eliminate child poverty. Niels Veldhuis, a senior research economist with the Fraser Institute, a conservative think tank, is now calling into question the accuracy of the report. He says Campaign 2000's claim that more than one million Canadian children are living in poverty drastically over-estimates the problem, and is based on faulty calculation. Krishna Pendakur is an assistant professor of economics at SFU, researching poverty and economic inequality in Canada. He can offer some impartial thought on the contradictory assessments of child poverty in Canada.


A Canadian window on American foreign policy…Alexander Moens, a professor of international relations at SFU and a senior fellow in American Studies with the Fraser Institute, will give a policy briefing on the presidency and foreign policy of George Bush. On the heels of the publication of his latest book, Moens' presentation will paint a portrait of contemporary US foreign policy, international security and diplomatic relations, and provide some candid insight into Bush's leadership style. The presentation will be in the Fraser Institute's boardroom, on Wednesday, December 15, noon. Moen's new book is entitled The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy and Loyalty.



The fine art of budget spinning…Daniel Cohn, a political scientist at SFU, couldn't agree more with Marc Lee's assessment of the provincial government's rosy 2004/05 budget report. Lee, an economist in the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), calls the budget "a wonderful example of the fine art of government spin." Like Lee, Cohn feels the government should be more ashamed rather than proud of the fact that most of the budget's lauded surplus is thanks to higher federal transfer payments. Cohn, a CCPA B.C. division research associate, can comment further.

At the other end of the spectrum, David Andolfatto, a SFU economist, can talk about what he sees as Lee's faulty analysis of the province's latest budget. "Mr. Lee should divert some of his considerable journalistic talent to suggesting some solutions, rather than simply attacking a government that is struggling to bring its financial house in order," says Andolfatto. The economist can expand on his view that Lee is misguided in charging the provincial government with spinning its federal transfer payments to its political advantage.

Also see Andolfatto's website www.sfu.ca/~dandolfa/marclee.pdf for more information.