optimal size of government

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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.


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Bigger government in Canada—there’s no free lunch

When tax rates increase, people often change their economic behaviour in ways that shrink the targeted tax base.


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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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Are some provinces and states too big to succeed?

Subnational jurisdictions of around 9.5 million people seem to be the fastest-growing economies.


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Size of government matters for economic growth

Nova Scotia recorded the largest government sector at 61.6 per cent of the economy, more than double the optimal size.


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Size of government matters

In 2018-19, per person federal program spending (adjusted for inflation) reached $8,869.


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The Clerk of the Privy Council's Blueprint 2020 exercise is a positive step in redefining the role and functions of the federal public service in Canada. It asks important questions about how the public service needs to evolve, what best practices it should adopt, and how the federal public service can come to represent a competitive advantage for the country. We laud the Clerk and the entire public service for this introspective initiative.

However, a key question omitted from the blueprint document is: what's the right size and scope of the federal government in 2020?