The three Maritime provinces rely more heavily on federal transfers than any other province.
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In 2019, government spending equaled a remarkable 55 per cent of Atlantic Canada's economy.
Some workers remain unemployed because the benefits are generous.
Budget include an additional $185 million in transfers from Ottawa.
Government workers in Atlantic Canada received 11.9 per cent more (on average) in wages than their private-sector counterparts.
RBC forecasts an $800 million provincial deficit this year, Scotiabank forecasts $970 million.