This year the federal government expects to spend $52.8 billion more than it has in revenues.
When linked to a GST hike, support for a national prescription drug program falls from 79 per cent to 40 per cent.
In 2021/22, federal program spending is projected to increase by roughly $51.0 billion.
From 2016 to 2019, Canada saw relatively low rates of growth in incomes and private-sector job creation.
A basic income program will disincentivize work and may not alleviate poverty.
Ottawa ran budget deficits worth a total of $94.1 billion from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
This year's federal budget deficit will reach a projected $381 billion.
The Trudeau Liberals initially promised to run deficits for three years to finance spending increases.