OEA: Economic and Fiscal Outlook

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Friday 25 September 2015, 12:00 - 14:00


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Dear Premiers:
  How Does 20 Years of Fiscal Austerity Sound?


Don Drummond

Chair, Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services

Adjunct Professor, Matthews Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

New longer-term projections suggest slower future economic and hence revenue growth than commonly assumed. Funding public services, especially healthcare, will be an enduring challenge. If current federal fiscal measures are preserved, the most severe pressure will be felt by provinces. One response will be to finally improve the efficiency of healthcare. Federal support is a question mark. The other side of the equation, strengthening economic growth, will require equal attention. Federal and provincial governments have been following a "market-based" approach for decades to bolster Canada's anemic productivity performance. With little to show for the effort, new approaches will be required.

WHEN:          Friday, September 25, 2015

                    11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

                    12:10 p.m. – Lunch followed by presentation        


WHERE:        Chateau Laurier Hotel, Drawing Room

             1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


COST:            OEA Members - $45 prepaid on-line; $75 at the door.

                     Non-members - $60 prepaid on-line; $90 at the door.

                     OEA Student members - $20 prepaid on-line; $30 at the door.

Note: Prices include HST. To receive on-line discount, on-line payment must be made at the time of registration. Note that payment at the door is subject to availability.

Invoices will be issued at the door rate. OEA Payment Guidelines are available under OEA Chapter Information at https://www.cabe.ca.


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Don Drummond

Adjunct Professor, Matthews Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

 Don Drummond is the Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services.

Mr. Drummond previously held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy during almost 23 years with Finance Canada. His last three positions were respectively Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In the latter position he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations and coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

He subsequently was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the TD Bank (2000-2010), where he took the lead with TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. For Canada, this work was conducted at the city, provincial, industrial and national levels. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University.