January 26, 2018
When it comes to listing countries on the basis of the social services they provide to citizens compared to the subsidies they heap on corporations, Canada doesn’t fare well.
A study from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy published in January reports that our federal government and the four largest provinces spend $29 billion a year subsidizing business firms.
The study’s author, John Lester, says that half of these huge subsidies fail to improve economic performance and therefore constitute a colossal waste of government revenue.
“And because nearly one-third of all such subsidies just go generally to support specific industries or regions rather than to enhance economic development,” he added, “the proportion of questionable spending rises to 60 per cent of the total.”