Our ability to deal with the economic effects of COVID-19 is really a fiscal dividend from the actions of earlier governments.
Can lead to slower growth, make it more difficult for the central bank to hit its 2% inflation target in the future.
Has rejected demands from unions, opposition parties, pundits and some economists to maintain public-sector jobs.
Government proposes sweeping new powers for up to 21 months act unilaterally without seeking Parliament’s approval.
Federal debt should reach $713 billion at the end of the current fiscal year and grow to $810 billion by 2024-2025.
Public pressure grows to address big issues such as global warming.
Spending our way to a heightened state of environmental stewardship could cause more harm than good.
Ottawa wrote off $2.6 billion last year that it wouldn’t collect from the automaker.
Burden falls on the whole population, and low-income Canadians can least afford to contribute.
Increasing the size and role of government comes with larger deficits, mounting debt and/or tax increases.
One expert says credit ratings can be misleading.
Feds are on pace to post a $19.4-billion deficit in 2018-19, $1.3 billion higher than the projection in last February’s budget.
The target number would mean a 24% drop from the roughly 52,400 immigrants Quebec accepted last year.
Household debt has been identified as key vulnerability.
Canadian Payroll Association survey has mixed findings.