No Opposition party has signalled it would balance the budget in the near- or medium-term.
In 2018, per person program spending (inflation adjusted) reached $8,869, the highest point in Canadian history.
Albertans made a net contribution of more than $20 billion in 2017/18.
Overly politicized budgets, particularly budgets seemingly assembled haphazardly, risk producing poor policies.
Between 2013 and 2017, foreign investment in Canada declined by 55.1 per cent.
Program spending is set to grow again by 1.8 per cent this year.
Tuesday’s budget calls for spending to reach $329.4 billion.
"Work and thrift are the only sure roads to success."
The federal deficit is now about $19 billion.
Federal program spending will reach a projected $321.5 billion next year—up 22.2 per cent since 2015.