Government Spending & Taxes

— Jan 16, 2020
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The Growing Debt Burden for Canadians

The Growing Debt Burden for Canadians finds that, since 2007/08, the year before the last recession, combined federal and provincial debt has grown from $837.0 billion to a projected $1.5 trillion in 2019/20. The study also breakdowns provincial debt burdens based on several different measures.

— Jan 15, 2020
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Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending

Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending finds that infrastructure spending is not an effective policy for stimulating the economy during a recession because major infrastructure projects have very long timelines, and the recession will be over by the time shovels hit the ground. There is also evidence from the United States and Canada that increased federal spending on infrastructure merely replaces spending from lower levels of government, meaning the level of overall government spending remains the same.

— Jan 7, 2020
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Prime Ministers and Government Spending: 2020 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, 2020 finds that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now recorded the highest ever per-person spending level of any federal government, including those that fought wars or faced recessions. Adjusting for inflation, the study finds that spending in 2019 ($9,066 per Canadian) tops the previous all-time record of $8,811 (in 2019 dollars) set by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009 during the global recession.

— Dec 12, 2019
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Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada: 2020 Edition

Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2020 Edition finds that nominal spending on public schools across Canada has increased in every province in recent years. After adjusting for inflation and enrolment changes, per-student spending still increased in seven out of 10 provinces from 2012/13 to 2016/17, the most recent year of available Statistics Canada data.

— Dec 5, 2019
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What’s Changed, By How Much, and What Remains to be Done: An Analysis of Alberta’s Budget

What’s Changed, By How Much, and What Remains to be Done: An Analysis of Alberta’s Budget finds that the Alberta government’s plan to eliminate the provincial deficit by reducing program spending by 1.6 per cent over the next four years is less aggressive—both by timeline and by the amount of spending reductions—than previous successful deficit-reduction plans by other governments across Canada, including in Alberta, Saskatchewan and at the federal level.

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