Reading federal budget documents is rarely a thrilling experience. In fact, it’s more often dense, detailed and completely confusing. But despite the challenging nature of the reading, the content is fundamental to shaping the economic environment over the next few years, so it’s important that you have an understanding of what the priorities mean for your business.
That’s where educated and authoritative commentary comes in. Like a translator, a good commentary can take the political and economic discourse of budget documents and transform it into easily-digestible information that is relevant to you, your business and your industry. What follows is a brief list of some of the best commentaries and where to find them.
On the day:
- The budget document will be published on the official budget website at http://www.budget.gc.ca/ once it has been tabled in parliament, around 4pm EST.
- KPMG is holding a post-budget webcast briefing featuring The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson, economist Jock Finlayson, and KPMG’s senior tax professionals to discuss political, economic and tax implications of the budget.
- The Globe and Mail is already discussing the possible inclusions in the 2012 budget, and will continue to provide commentary in the days following budget publication.
- The National Post is discussing the political aspects of the 2012 budget at http://news.nationalpost.com/tag/canada-budget-2012/.
- Grant Thornton provides a summary document discussing the tax implications of the federal budget, along with provincial budgets, at http://www.grantthornton.ca/insights/budget_analyses.