Government spending represented 40.4 per cent of the country's economy in 2019, up from 37.4 per cent in 2007.
proper size of government
When tax rates increase, people often change their economic behaviour in ways that shrink the targeted tax base.
Nova Scotia recorded the largest government sector at 61.6 per cent of the economy, more than double the optimal size.
President Obama has frequently cited the seemingly intractable debate about the size of government currently consuming the political class as his primary obstacle to getting major reforms through a divided Congress.
For example, in his State of the Union address he said: