federal government debt

11:11AM
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With budget season on the horizon, the headlines may mask the magnitude of growth in government debt.


10:40AM
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Since 2007/08, combined federal and provincial government net debt has grown from $834 billion to $1.3 trillion.


9:49AM
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All Canadian governments cumulatively spent $60.8 billion on interest payments in 2014/15, almost as much as all spending on K-12 public education.

12:41PM
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With a relatively weak Canadian economy, depressed commodity prices and the myriad of international economic issues (i.e. uncertainty in China), federal parties should offer solutions to the economic storm clouds on the horizon.


6:00AM
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The 2007/08 recession knocked many Canadian governments off the sound policy footing of balanced budgets, falling debt levels, and tax relief. After a sustained period of deficit spending, the federal government now seems poised to balance the budget.