Fraser Forum

Government Spending & Taxes

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Alberta and B.C. budgets represent two different approaches to government finances

According to projections, government debt interest will cost nearly $1,000 per British Columbian by 2026/27.

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Federal government should listen to Canadians and restrain spending in upcoming budget

In 2023/24, interest costs on federal government debt will reach a projected $46.5 billion.

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Balance budget within reach—if Ottawa restrains spending

Since 2014/15, annual federal program spending has increased by $193.6 billion—or 75.5 per cent.

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B.C. government sparks debt explosion with far-reaching consequences

From 2019-20 to 2024-25, the government increased program spending by more than 50 per cent.

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Heritage Fund requires long-term commitment from Alberta government

The government should learn from past experience and ensure new rules about the fund are constitutional.

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Saskatchewan’s surprise deficit should serve as warning for Alberta

The provincial government revised its $1.0 billion projected budget surplus to a $250.5 million projected deficit.

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Alberta government should release its analysis of federal climate change policies

Ottawa's plan to reduce emissions would cost Alberta an estimated 80,000 jobs in 2030.

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Federal government maintains high levels of spending and abandons fiscal anchor

Projected federal spending from 2024 to 2027 is now $30.7 billion higher than previous forecasts.

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P.E.I. government delivers modest tax relief but fiscal clouds loom large

The province's net debt will reach a projected $3.2 billion by 2025/26.

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Ottawa’s approach to spending—what goes up must continue going up

Federal program spending is expected to grow by $132.7 billion—or 41 per cent—between 2014/15 and 2023/24.

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