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University students need to relax, it's just a hat

It’s just a hat. But on Canadian university campuses, a hat is more than enough to offend the delicate sensibilities of students and university busybodies.
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With Alberta's finances this bad, now is no time for a pub crawl

In the lead up to the recent whopper of a first quarter fiscal update, the finance minister should have been focusing on the budget quickly snowballing out of control. Instead, he was flitting about from brewery to brewery, promoting his enormous tax hike on all craft beers and subsequent corporate welfare to the local breweries.
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Decisions past and present result in downgrade

Obesity isn’t caused by one doughnut, nor is a gold medal won with one workout. Success or failure is the sum of many decisions. So it is with Manitoba’s credit-rating downgrade, announced by international bond rating agency S&P Global on Thursday.
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Ontario's $300 billion in debt explained

In a recent report, Financial Accountability Officer Stephen LeClair said Ontario’s net debt will reach $350 billion by 2020-21. He warned this province’s debt burden is one of the highest among Canada’s provincial governments and an interest rate hike could put its credit and “fiscal flexibility” at risk.
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Trudeau vs Canada’s youth​: Young Canadians are the big losers under Liberal government

Huge deficits in the $30-billion range, at a time when the economy is not in recession, are inexcusable. The cumulative addition to our debt over the next four years – $100 billion-plus if the 2016 budget documents are to be believed – will fall on future taxpayers.
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Manitoba's credit rating downgraded by Standard and Poor’s

Manitoba’s credit rating outlook has been downgraded again, through 2020. Standard and Poor’s says Manitoba’s credit outlook is “negative,” reducing its rating from AA to AA-.
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Uncontrolled spending driving Alberta government towards net debt position

The misguided belief that Alberta’s fiscal problems stem from inadequate revenues has already led to growth-inhibiting tax increases and calls for further tax hikes. These actions focus on the wrong side of the ledger. The government must reform and reduce provincial spending.
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