Government Spending & Taxes

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Ottawa has long troubled history of writing cheques

The auditor general found that $4.6 billion in payments for programs such as CERB were made to individuals who were ineligible.


3:22PM
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Saskatchewan government must resist urge to spend windfall

The province eliminated its rainy-day account in 2007/08.


9:36AM
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Trudeau government is all gas and no brake on spending

According to forecasts, federal spending will be $89.2 billion higher than previously projected for 2022/23 and $80.7 billion higher in 2023/24.


4:24PM
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At every opportunity, the government has spent unexpected revenue windfalls.

At every opportunity, the government has spent unexpected revenue windfalls.


12:06PM
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Canada Child Benefit favours middle- and upper-income Canadians

Under the CCB, the share of total child benefit spending for families with incomes under $60,000 declined from 42.9 per cent to 29.7 per cent.


8:00AM
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B.C.’s surplus only tells part of story about provincial finances

The province's net debt increased in 2021/22 by $2.6 billion to reach $55.8 billion.


4:41PM
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Alberta government must learn from spending history

Resource revenues are set to increase substantially.


11:02AM
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Ottawa expanding its share of government spending in Canada

In 2020, the federal expenditure share jumped to 40 per cent.


9:26AM
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Size of government—a pre-pandemic problem

Government spending represented 40.4 per cent of the country's economy in 2019, up from 37.4 per cent in 2007.


3:03PM
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Large governments in the Maritimes stifle economic growth

In the last year of reliable data before the pandemic, government spending in Nova Scotia represented 60.2 per cent of the economy.


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