When commercial centres have lower median employment incomes than capital cities, the private sector may be in real distress.
If current trends continue, people in countries such as Estonia, Korea and Turkey will have higher living standards than Canadians.
In Nova Scotia, government spending as a share of the economy averaged more than 60 per cent from 2007 and 2019.
From February 2020 to June 2023, the number of government jobs increased by 11.8 per cent compared to only 3.3 per cent in the private sector.
Labour unions discourage investment, disincentivize work effort and cut productivity.
Between February 2020 and July 2022, public-sector employment increased by 366,800 jobs compared to 56,100 jobs in the private sector.
Ontario's net government debt has grown approximately 121 per cent since 2007/08.