The need for infrastructure spending in Canada is getting a lot of attention this election, with all the parties presenting platform planks on the amounts they would spend.
This fiscal year, Canada's federal government will send more than $68 billion in transfer payments to the provinces.
Deficits and debt, uncompetitive personal income tax rates, and the decline in business start-ups.
As expected, the 2015 federal budget had the general feel of an election budget, with a small surplus and a smattering of initiatives to satisfy various voting groups.
Despite gloomy post-recession pronouncements from some analysts, slow economic growth is not preordained in Canada.