Peter Munk Centre for Free Enterprise Education
Politicians are as self-interested as anyone else.
Other regions created new jobs on net, but those were almost entirely offset by other regions shedding jobs.
When federal and provincial/local revenue shares are combined, the tax revenue-to-GDP ratio is close to 40 per cent.
From 2007 and 2015, Alberta contributed $188.6 billion more in taxes to Ottawa than it received in transfers or federal programs.
Over the past 26 years, government-sector debt in Canada has grown to more than $2.5 trillion.
Conditional grants give the federal government greater sway over projects across Canada.
Labour market performance has been extremely weak since the last recession.