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Atlantic Canada Prosperity

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Budget season in Atlantic Canada—one bright spot in sea of red ink

The Nova Scotia government projects net debt will increase by 23 per cent over three years.

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Newfoundland and Labrador government squanders another opportunity to reduce crushing debt

On a per-person basis, government spending will increase to $19,238, the highest of any province in Canada.

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New Brunswick’s stay-the-course budget leaves unanswered tax questions

The province's program spending this year will increase by 6.2 per cent, a rate faster than population growth plus inflation.

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New Brunswick government should resist temptation to increase spending before election

This year, the province will spend a projected $548 million on provincial debt interest.

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Free-spending Nova Scotia budget gets failing grade

The province's net debt is projected to rise by more than $6 billion.

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P.E.I. government misses opportunity to correct fiscal course

According to the budget, the province will run its second consecutive deficit in 2024/25.

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Nova Scotia government’s policies hurt health-care recruitment effort

The province has some of the highest personal income taxes in North America.

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Improved private-sector conditions key to increased prosperity in Maritimes

In Nova Scotia, government spending as a share of the economy averaged more than 60 per cent from 2007 and 2019.

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Newfoundland and Labrador must restrain spending to right fiscal ship

The province's net debt is $31,749 per person, by far the highest level of any province in Canada.

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Atlantic Canadian incomes significantly lower than New England incomes

An income gap of thousands of dollars per year makes a big difference for living standards and quality of life.

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