Economics

Six days you shall labour and do all your work….” – Exodus 20:9

Our labour, and how we spend our finances, can function as an important part of fulfilling our cultural mandate. In Genesis 1 God commanded us to develop the earth and rule over it. We work to glorify God – not just to put food on the table. Our work, finances, and all material possessions come from God and are meant to be directed towards Him.

 
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07 Feb 2011 Make the Tax System Fairer for Families

By Dave Quist, National Post: Feb 7 2011: As speculation grows about the upcoming federal budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently commented that he’d consider pension reform to help seniors struggling to make ends meet. He then specified that he wanted to assist “particularly some single, older Canadians who are not entitled to the Canada Pension Plan, because in their day they worked at home, raising children.” Read more ...

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09 Dec 2010 A little Orwell with your union dues?

Karen Salick (Canadian Constitution Foundation) Winnipeg Free Press, December 9, 2010:  Historically, labour unions have done a remarkable job of persuading the general public that unions toil for the benefit of the average worker.  But in a case currently unfolding in Alberta, a group of 29 average workers has rejected that thesis, and the union doesn’t like it.
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14 Jul 2010 Debt & Immorality

The examples that Churck Colson gives may be American, but the message is just as relevant to Canada. In this video, reference is made to a study called Kudzu Government. We highly recommend that you check it out (click here) and consider printing off a copy. It will be a great resource to go through personally, as a family, or a Bible Study. ...

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16 Jun 2010 Our Role in Public Debt

In the chapter of the Bible most often associated with civil government and politics, Paul urges us to “let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another” (Romans 13:8). In Canada and throughout the world, people are demanding that their leaders provide more and more services even in the midst of tough financial times. But this kind of spending has consequences. Public debt is fast-becoming the number one problem facing many countries in the world today. Consider these figures:
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02 Jun 2010 Policy group defends funding changes for NGOs

OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies, an independent public policy think-tank, is applauding the federal government's review of grants made by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to Non-Government Organizations, calling the effort "long overdue." "Many NGOs receiving CIDA grants do terrific work on behalf of Canadian taxpayers," said Joseph Ben-Ami, president of the Centre, "but many are also heavily involved in political advocacy, some exclusively so."
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31 May 2010 Living wage for municipal workers misses the target

By Helen Ward (Vancouver Sun, May 28): Vancouver city council, following New Westminster's lead, will vote on a "living wage" of over $18 an hour for municipal workers. Economists promoting this garner support by claiming living wages help families and reduce child poverty. But do they? Does a policy targeting city workers also efficiently benefit low-income families? The assumption is yes, but what is the reality? [Read the rest of this excellent article here.]...

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12 Apr 2010 www.DebtClock.ca

Canada's debt continues to grow. We demand more and more without consideirng the moral implications of putting this debt (and interest payments) on future generations of Canadians. Check out where our debt is at, and why this matters, at www.debtclock.ca....

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04 Mar 2010 Cardus Analysis of Budget: Long-Term Talk Masks Short-Term Thinking

ARPA Note: Ray Pennings is the speaker for ARPA's upcoming event in Parliament on May 4th, 2010. Also, read the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada's press release about the budget here. OTTAWA, March 4, 2010—Ray Pennings, Director of Research for Cardus, expressed concern that expressed concern that although today's federal budget rightly focuses on returning the books from deficit to surplus, it pays too little attention to imminent deficits in elder care, charitable service and broad social architecture.
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18 Feb 2010 Parliament Report Sounds Alarm: Low Birth Rate + Ageing = Financial Crisis

OTTAWA, February 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One of the first official reports to indicate the disastrous consequences of Canada’s long-term below, replacement birth rate was released in Ottawa today by Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.  While pro-life leaders have been warning of the impending disaster for years as abortion and contraception have wreaked demographic havoc, the financial fallout is beginning to strike home to governments worldwide.
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