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   The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and Institute for Research on Public Policy (Montreal) invite you to

Fixing U.S. Budget Policy: What Can the United States Learn from Canada?

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Noon to 1:30p.m., ET





To watch the live video webcast or a recording, go to: (No registration is necessary.) Online viewers will be able to e-mail questions to the moderator. Questions for the Q&A session should be submitted to

In the mid-1990s, Canada faced a dire fiscal problem. Budget deficits reached almost 6 percent of GDP, the public debt had doubled in just ten years, and GDP growth was a full percentage point below that of the United States. In a remarkable turnaround, federal spending was cut from 21 percent of GDP to 16 percent of GDP in just five years, resulting in annual budget surpluses that continued until the 2008–09 recession. Perhaps more importantly, fiscal responsibility gained the strong support of Canadian voters across the political spectrum. Come learn how Canada did it. 


  • Thomas Courchene, Senior Scholar, Institute for Research on Public Policy and Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor of Economics and Financial Policy, Queen’s University.
  • Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • Rudolph Penner, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute; Arjay and Frances Miller chair in public policy.
  • Paul Posner, Director, Graduate Public Administration Program, George Mason University.


  • Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.


At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at noon.