York U experts available to comment on 2018 Federal Budget


TORONTO, Wednesday, February 28, 2017 – Research funding, gender equality and parental leave, small business tax reform and a new national pharmacare advisory panel were all key highlights in the federal budget announced yesterday.

The following York U experts are available for interviews on the impact of the budget on both healthcare and business:

Mary E. Wiktorowicz is a professor in the Faculty of Health in Health Policy and Management and director and special advisor to the dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects. She can speak about:

  • How a national pharmacare program would endow federal and provincial governments with a stronger negotiating stance concerning the price of pharmaceuticals
  • How covering the entire population in this plan would introduce greater healthcare equity
  • How national pharmacare would address equity for low-income segments of the population that experience illness
  • How pharmacare will introduce cost efficiencies for provincial health care systems

James McKellar, Professor at the Schulich School of Business can comment on the impact of the federal budget on:

  • Real Estate
  • infrastructure and cities; infrastructure projects and plans; urbanization, and the housing market.

NOTE: York University’s media studio is available for double-ended broadcast interviews.

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Media contact: Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543 anayyar@yorku.ca