Government Spending

— Jul 7, 2022
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The Fiscal Costs of Debt-Financed Government Spending

The Fiscal Costs of Debt-Financed Government Spending is a new study that finds debt-financed government spending has real economic costs, even when interest rates are very low, including slower economic growth, lower private sector incomes, and spending cuts and/or tax increases by government to stabilize debt levels.

— Jun 28, 2022
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Indigenous Spending in Budget 2022

Indigenous Spending in Budget 2022 finds that the federal government’s recent substantial increase of Indigenous spending—which will reach a projected $35.5 billion in 2026-27—is mainly due to judicial settlement payouts.

— Jun 21, 2022
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The Accumulated Debt and Economic Performance of Industrialized Countries during COVID finds that Canada had the second-highest increase in gross debt (as a share of the economy) out of 33 countries from 2019 to 2021 while actually underperforming economically compared to most of the same countries.

— May 26, 2022
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Understanding the Changing Ratio of Working-Age Canadians to Seniors and Its Consequences

Understanding the Changing Ratio of Working-Age Canadians to Seniors and Its Consequences is a new study that finds as Canada’s population ages, the number of working-aged Canadians relative to the number of seniors has declined from 5.4 in 2000 to 3.4 in 2022, which means government spending related to seniors is increasing at the same time that the growth in tax revenues is declining.

— May 3, 2022
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Polling Canadians’ Support for New Federal Government Programs

Polling Canadians’ Support for New Federal Government Programs is a new study, based on a Leger poll commissioned by the Fraser Institute, that finds support for national dental care, pharmacare and $10-a-day daycare drops significantly when tax increases are included, specifically GST hikes. In fact, 4-in-10 Canadians (or less) support the new programs introduced or committed to in the recent federal budget if the GST were increased in order to pay for them.

— Mar 17, 2022
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The Size of Government in Canada in 2019

The Size of Government in Canada in 2019 is a new study that finds the size of government across Canada was on the rise even before the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. In fact, relative to the size of the provincial economies, the size of government increased in all but two provinces over the 2007 to 2019 period.

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