Toronto, March 21, 2013 – York University experts are ready to comment on Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Economic Action Plan 2013 over the next several days. Members of the media are invited to contact York faculty and staff directly for comments or call the Media Relations Department for assistance at 416-736-2100 ext. 55585.

Lisa Philipps, professor of tax law in York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, can comment on personal taxation, tax credits and deductions, tax expenditures, Scientific Research & Experimental Development tax incentives, income splitting, budgets, and fiscal policy. She can be reached at 416-627-7253, by e-mail at philipps@yorku.ca or through Media Relations.

Thomas Klassen, professor of political science in York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, can offer analysis on pension and income security policy, unemployment insurance, retirement, older workers, and the North American region. Klassen can be reached by e-mail at tklassen@yorku.ca or at 416-736-2100 ext. 88828.

Bernard Wolf, economics professor at York's Schulich School of Business, can speak about economic issues including unemployment, Canada's employment potential, interest rates, debt, taxes, the EU and NAFTA, and other issues related to monetary or trade policy as well as exchange rates. Wolf can be reached at 416-736-2100 ext. 77933, 416-736-5068, 416-223-2794 or 416-806-2642, bwolf@schulich.yorku.ca.

Roger Keil, professor of environmental studies, can comment on urban implications of the budget and the need for Canada to support its cities. He can be reached at 416-736-2100 ext. 22604 or rkeil@yorku.ca.

Martin Shadwick, a defence analyst, can discuss a variety of issues relating to foreign and defence policy, defence procurement, capital acquisition programs, and Canada's military. He can be reached by email at: shadwick@yorku.ca.

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Media Contact:

Robin Heron, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22097, rheron@yorku.ca