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Government Spending & Taxes

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The just-released Parliamentary Budget Officer report projects deficits in every year from 2016/17 to 2020/21.

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An "implicit tax" is implicit only in the sense that it doesn’t officially appear in the income tax code.

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A reoccurring narrative in the income inequality debate is that top earners don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes. The data, however, paint a different picture.

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While the headlines on Alberta’s recent budget focused on the planned $6.1 billion deficit this year, the reality is that the true deficit will be even larger.

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In addition to spending increases, the Notley government is proposing new tax increases on top of the hikes to personal and corporate income taxes that have already come into effect. 

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More than six years after the recession of 2008-09, eight out of 10 provinces (including Alberta, which released its budget yesterday) are currently in deficit, and the newly formed federal government has committed to falling back into deficit.

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Today's Alberta budget forecasts a $6.1 billion deficit for this fiscal year, and the province is on track to record 10 budget deficits in 11 years.

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A popular narrative holds that the recent fall in oil prices is chiefly responsible for the Alberta's current deficit. The evidence does not support this view.

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Before we buy boatloads of new infrastructure in Canada, we should ask why current infrastructure is crumbling.

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When tax rates are increased, tax filers—especially upper-income earners—are able to find legal means to mitigate those tax increases.

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