I have 300+ exam papers to grade, and simply don't have time to do a proper post on this. (I don't really have the breadth of knowledge required either).
Anyone interested in public policy in Canada, from a mostly economic perspective, would have benefited greatly from attending the conference (organised by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards) I've been at this last two days. The next best thing would be to read the papers presented. So in lieu of a real post, I'm going to provide a link to those papers.
Ian Stewart, now retired, said he spends his mornings reading economics blogs. Including this one, I'm very chuffed to say.