Fraser Forum

Government Spending & Taxes

3:28PM
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Insights from the Text of the Throne Speech

The Trudeau government sees the government itself as the driver of prosperity, and the private sector, including entrepreneurs, small business owners and investors playing a secondary role.


3:02PM
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Throne speech brings bigger government, more fiscal challenges

Ottawa plans to create a national childcare system and introduce more “green” spending initiatives.


11:01AM
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Guaranteed annual income—the challenges of implementation

The fundamental idea is for government to ensure a minimum annual income for all Canadians.


4:43PM
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Trudeau government eyeing massive new social programs

The federal budget deficit in 2020-21 is an esitmated $343.2 billion.


10:18AM
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Ottawa has spent billions on its innovation agenda including $950 million to five hand-picked sectors of the economy.


1:59PM
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Expanding government won’t help Canada’s recovery

If Prime Minister Trudeau keeps his commitment to no new taxes, borrowing will finance the proposed expansion.


10:36AM
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Minister McKenna should re-consider plans for stimulus

Evidence suggests that a 1.0 percentage point increase in spending produces a 0.75 percentage point drop in economic growth.


11:19AM
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Any credible plan to fix federal finances must address pre-COVID spending

Indigenous and Northern Affairs represented the largest share of federal program spending growth.


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