government finances

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—government budgets in 2024

The federal government plans to run a $39.8 billion deficit in 2024/25.

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Liberal/NDP pact promises ever higher federal spending

The NDP election platform called for per-person spending to reach $11,446 in 2022/23.

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Modest fiscal rules could have saved billions in federal spending

The federal debt has eclipsed$1 trillion, with budget deficits projected for years to come.

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There’s a lot we can’t control—but we can control spending

Federal program spending (per person) hit an estimated $8,869 in 2018, the highest level in Canadian history.

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During its first full year in power, the Trudeau government increased spending by a whopping 7.4 per cent.

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From the federal government to provincial governments, the tendency to hide information taxpayers have bought and paid for seems all too common. Regardless of the party label, few governments give up information that is potentially embarrassing without a fight.