Government Spending & Taxes

— Aug 3, 2017
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Wishful Thinking: An Analysis of Ontario’s Timeline for Shrinking Its Debt Burden

Wishful Thinking: An Analysis of Ontario’s Timeline for Shrinking Its Debt Burden finds that Queen’s Park’s timeline for reducing the province’s historically high debt burden relies on optimistic and questionable assumptions and lacks a detailed, credible plan to achieve it.

— Jul 18, 2017
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Household Debt and Government Debt in Canada

Household Debt and Government Debt in Canada finds that, although household debt in Canada increased to more than $2 trillion in 2016—up from $357 billion in 1990—Canadian household assets (real estate, pensions, financial investments and equity in businesses, for example) also increased in value over the same time period to $12.3 trillion last year. But whereas recent increases in Canadian household debt have been accompanied by increases in net worth, the same cannot be said about government debt.

— Jun 14, 2017
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Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on BC Families

The Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on British Columbian Families finds that the average B.C. family’s tax bill would increase by $594 under an NDP-Green government, led mainly by a $482 increase in fuel and carbon taxes.

— Jun 9, 2017
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This year Tax Freedom Day falls on June 9.  Tax Freedom Day measures the total yearly tax burden imposed on Canadian families by all levels of government:  If you had to pay all your taxes up front, you’d give government every dollar you earned before June 9. This year, the average Canadian family (with two or more people) will pay $47,135 in total taxes or 43.4 per cent of its annual income.

— May 30, 2017
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Race to the Bottom: Comparing the Recent Deficits of Alberta and Ontario finds that the Alberta government’s current string of budget deficits are 65 per cent larger, on a per person basis, than Ontario’s deficits following the 2009 recession, and Alberta—which was debt free until quite recently—is also catching up to Ontario’s per person debt levels.

— May 11, 2017
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Prime Ministers and Government Spending

Prime Ministers and Government Spending: A Retrospective finds that this year, federal per person program spending under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nearly eclipsed the all-time high recorded during the 2009 recession. But unlike most marked increases in program spending over Canada's 150-year history, this year's historically high level of spending comes in the absence of a recession or war.

— May 4, 2017
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Poor Implementation Undermines Carbon Tax Efficiency in Canada

Poor Implementation Undermines Carbon Tax Efficiency in Canada finds that the theoretical benefits of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes—that they can lower emissions and improve the economy at the same time—are negated by poor implementation such as layering these schemes on top of, instead of replacing existing regulations.

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