Hugh MacIntyre

Policy Analyst, Fraser Institute

Hugh MacIntyre is a Policy Analyst at the Fraser Institute. He holds an M.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto. Mr. MacIntyre has co-authored numerous studies on topics such as government finances and government performance. His commentaries have appeared in various media outlets including the National Post and the American Enterprise Institute’s pres¬tigious magazine, The American.

Recent Research by Hugh MacIntyre

— Mar 2, 2017
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Myths of Infrastructure Spending in Canada

Myths of Infrastructure Spending in Canada finds that only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports—projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy. It also dispels other myths about infrastructure spending in Canada. For instance, it finds that governments have in fact significantly increased infrastructure spending over the past 15 years, and the value of Canada’s total infrastructure is currently at the highest level in four decades.

— Feb 9, 2017
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Fiscal Consequences of Higher Spending on K-12 Public Schools in Canada

Fiscal Consequences of Higher Spending on K-12 Public Schools in Canada finds that governments across Canada could have collectively saved $12.7 billion in 2013/14—and lessened their debt and deficit burdens—if they had restrained spending increases on public schools to changes in enrolment and overall prices (inflation) during the previous decade.

— Jan 19, 2017
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Cost of Government Debt in Canada, 2017

The Cost of Government Debt in Canada, 2017 finds that paying the interest on all government debt in Canada cost taxpayers $62.8 billion last year, which translates into $1,752 for every Canadian or slightly more than $7,000 for a family of four. In fact, interest payments on just the federal debt—$24.9 billion—is roughly the same as the federal government’s projected deficit this year—$25.1 billion.