At election time, is all spending good spending?

It’s right for Canadians to value a just society that leaves no one behind. But relying on ever-increasing spending to do so is driving us toward bankruptcy

At election time, is all spending good spending?I know what it means to live in poverty. I grew up in a large family in a small village in Cape Breton, the fourth of eight children. My father was a wonderful man who struggled with alcoholism his whole life. We had no running water and only a coal stove to heat the house.…

Fiscal risks of potential recession await next PM

Any voluntary increase in spending by the federal government would further exacerbate the deficit

Fiscal risks of potential recession await next PMBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Many economists have warned of a U.S. recession in the near future, in part due to the rise of trade protectionism, political turmoil and market volatility. Of course, a U.S. recession will also harm the Canadian economy and create significant problems for federal finances. So when…

Does government debt really matter?

Let’s be very careful about electing a government that’s bribing us with our own money

Does government debt really matter?Before we select our next set of national leaders in the Oct. 21 federal election, we should be paying attention to matters that don’t usually concern us day to day, like the treasury. What the treasury does we call fiscal policy, but it’s essentially budgeting: determining levels of revenue (taxes) and expenditure (all the programs…

Federal government’s appetite for spending is a serious problem

To pay for this rapid rise in public debt, future generations will face higher taxes

Federal government’s appetite for spending is a serious problemBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute With seemingly little regard for the consequences, the current federal government has increased spending throughout its mandate with no sign of change any time soon. This spending trend has been a stark departure from promises made during the 2015 election campaign, when the Liberals pledged to…

We must get federal government spending in check

Despite higher-than-budgeted revenues, there’s been no reduction in the federal deficit in the last four years

We must get federal government spending in checkBy Jason Clemens, Tegan Hill and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute The period from the mid-1960s to 1995 was terrible for federal government finances in Canada. The government borrowed every year but one, interest costs consumed ever-greater shares of revenues, the country’s debt ballooned, and we came within a hair of a currency and debt…

Bad budget decisions make Canada vulnerable

Deficit finances put the country in a difficult situation as hints of recession abound. And the Liberal government doesn't seem to care

Bad budget decisions make Canada vulnerableBy Tegan Hill and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute The latest economic news foreshadows recession. Canada’s persistent government deficits will only worsen the situation. Recently, the U.S. stock market had its worst day in 2019, plunging 800 points. The bond market is showing weakness with short-term interest rates higher than long-term ones, a situation that…

Government spending must be a federal election issue

Sound fiscal policy can come from any party. Canadians need facts, not fiction and rhetoric

Government spending must be a federal election issueBy Jake Fuss, Tegan Hill and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute As the fall federal election approaches, political commentators will bombard Canadians with sometimes misleading rhetoric. But Canadians need facts, not fiction, to make well-informed decisions. Such rhetoric undermines the public’s understanding of good policy and on one key issue, creates confusion around the size…

CFIB puts federal election issues on the table

‘Governments haven't always done a great job of understanding the reality of running a small business’

CFIB puts federal election issues on the tableThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business released its Federal Small Business Platform on Wednesday, outlining issues that matter to the group as the nation heads to a federal election in October. “Small businesses employ more than half of Canada's private sector workers and account for 52 per cent of the business-sector GDP,” said CFIB president…

Trudeau government’s reckless spending digging deep hole

Future generations will pay higher taxes to finance today’s debt growth. And what has this record debt brought us?

Trudeau government’s reckless spending digging deep holeBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Throughout its mandate, rather than acting to reduce the federal budget deficit, the Liberal government has made “investments” in the form of more and more spending. Of course, this plan relies on a wave of good fortune – with positive economic growth and higher-than-expected revenues each…

Budget deficits can increase social inequality

The burden of the debt financing falls on the whole population, and low-income Canadians can least afford to contribute

Budget deficits can increase social inequalityThere’s been much talk about the federal government’s attempts to enact redistributive policies to reduce income inequality in Canada. But the way these measures are funded could increase inequality. One think-tank in Quebec surveyed a panel of 70 policy experts who noted that the latest federal budget would, on the whole, reduce inequality. I contributed…
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