A significant portion of federal spending was mismanaged, poorly targeted, wasteful or simply excessive.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
The federal government paid $37.7 billion in wage subsidies to businesses with tax debts.
Ottawa wasted billions of dollars in taxpayer money and accumulated far more debt than was necessary.
Ottawa apparently gave nearly $10 billion to businesses that did not need the money.
Overpayment recipients included 1,522 prisoners, 391 dead people and 434 children too young to be eligible.
To replace current federal and provincial programs, many governments would need to cooperate closely and efficiently.
This fiscal year, the wage subsidy program will cost $4,100 per member of the Canadian workforce.
Federal government spending is expected to increase by more than 68 per cent in 2020-21.
At $38,000, the benefit it begins to get “clawed back” at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar.