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Budget experts

2010-03-19

The following experts can speak to issues associated with the federal budget:Defence PolicyDoug BlandDoug Bland is the Chair in Defence Management Studies in Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies. He wrote the introduction for the recently released Dreamland: How Canada's Pretend Foreign Policy Has Undermined Sovereignty, by Roy Rempel (Queen's University/Breakout Educational Network) – a work based on research conducted by Queen's Defence Management Studies and is also the author of Canada’s National Defence, Volumes 1 – Defence Policy, and Volume 2 - Defence Organization.613-533-6483Db26@post.queensu.caTax CutsRobin BoadwayRobin Boadway, the Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Economic Theory, can speak to the effect of a 1per cent cut in GST. A Queen’s economics professor since 1973, Dr. Boadway is the author of a plethora of books like Public Sector Economics and Canadian Tax Policy. He is also the editor of the Journal of Public Economics.613-533-2266boadwayr@qed.econ.queensu.caFamily PolicyRoberta HamiltonQueen's sociology professor, Roberta Hamilton researches and writes about social theory and Canadian society. She says, "It would take a decent federal childcare policy with national standards to close the wage gap between men and women in Canadian society. In the debates about daycare, mothers in the work force are pitted against mothers at home. Many Canadians argue that infants and small children should be the (sole) responsibility of their parents. This ideology manages to obscure some fundamental realities about contemporary society. Bureaucratic organizations whether for profit and/or efficiency leave considerations of pregnancy, babies, children, and families in the hands of individuals, and this mostly turns out to mean mothers. Capitalism honours profits. All other considerations about human life are left out."Dr. Hamilton is currently writing a second edition of her book, "Gendering the Vertical Mosaic: Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Society".613 533-2174hamiltnr@post.queensu.caFor more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Withrow 613-533-3280, Lorinda Peterson 613-533-3234, or Therese Greenwood 613-533-6907.Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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