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Six charts that set the stage for Parliament’s return

As the Parliament returns from its summer recess, there are a number of big economic and fiscal questions that will loom over the upcoming House of Commons debates. They speak to some of the growing anxieties that Canadians are feeling, the key political fault lines between the major parties, and issues that will ultimately animate the next federal election.

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Sean Speer presents six charts that outline issues in Canada, ones that can be anticipated for upcoming House of Commons debates. Which chart’s data stood out to you the most?

29th January 2024 at 7:27 am
Michael F

As a former advisor to Stephen Harper and a regular contributor to the National Post I think it’s pretty easy to conclude where his biases will lie.

29th January 2024 at 2:11 pm
Harriet Worden

This government has a spending problem ! In order to stay in power they have let the NDP set their priorities & consequently more & more Canadians are suffering financially. Whether they (the Libs or The Bank of Canada) admit it or not, we are in a recession. People are losing their homes/ apartments, our food banks are crowded with people who can no longer afford the costs of food in grocery stores, the cost of heating our homes, etc. That have all soared under this Lieberal government. It will be tough, but we have to get spending under control & The Conservatives seem to be the only party willing to do it. The Liberals have had 8 years & not counting the necessary spending during Covid, they have put Canada & Canadians in a desperate situation. It’s time to get rid of this UNCARING Government.

29th January 2024 at 10:20 am
Michael F

So if the conservatives are such great friends of the average working person where is Poilievre on Bill C-58? Crickets. Silent. Nada.

29th January 2024 at 7:33 pm

Check out Fraser Institute “Estonia” great read how they came back from Communism and are one of the freest countries in the world. Economically wealthy as well.

29th January 2024 at 4:35 pm
Richard Courtemanche

No proper planning whatsoever is feasible and in Canada’s interest until Trudeau, Freeland and their puppets are disbanded.

29th January 2024 at 10:52 am
Mark S

I have 2 observations about Sean’s article and his interview with Amanda Lang this past weekend. My first observation is that business and capital does not have to invest in Canada. It will only do so if the business climate makes it advantageous to do so. Our capital investment rates have been declining for years which may have affected our per capital GDP numbers relative to the U.S. One only has to examine the number of LNG facilities in Australia or the United States compared to Canada to get the picture. My second observation has to with the job creation between metro and rural areas. If most jobs are created in the public sector and if most of these jobs are in metro areas then this may cast a new light on the issue of job creation. A recent issue of the Globe commented that 20 years ago 30% of the federal jobs were in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. The rate today is 47%, Assuming that there are now 350,000 civil servants, this difference would amount to almost 60,000 jobs or the equivalent of 20 battery plants assuming each plant creates 3000 direct jobs. Finally I would like to thank you for your thought provoking articles and interviews.

29th January 2024 at 10:56 am

Too many civil servants! Trudeau government has grown by something like 36% since 2015. This is unsustainable! Over spending! He has lowered our GDP per person Trudeau has no business running a country! He has been a disgrace to Canadians!! !

29th January 2024 at 4:40 pm
Michael F

But most jobs are not created in the public sector. Only 1 in 5 Canadians works for some level of government. In August of this year public sector hires were 13,000 whereas the private sector created much more jobs in some sectors and shrank in other sectors which would be normal. The good news is the job growth in professional, scientific and technical services. This could be an indicator of a shift in our economy away from “hewers of wood and drawers of water”. And this is exactly what this government has been trying to achieve.

29th January 2024 at 1:15 pm

Nothing will get back to normal until Government is reduced. Trudeau’s government has grown by something like 36% this is unsustainable and is costing us big time. Reduce spending we are in debt to the tune of $2 trillion. Never in my 80 years! Fools are ruining this country!

29th January 2024 at 4:50 pm

The charts highlighting our nation’s declining economic output are depressing enough. In the waning days of their coalition, though, the only chart catching the attention of the two parties that put us in this pickle is their sagging polling numbers.

What’s outrageous is that rather than looking at a mix of policy interventions to turn around our economic malaise, they want to talk about electoral reforms.

29th January 2024 at 12:58 pm
Michael F

Not a peep about Premier Crazy Pants taking the stage with the man that cost Faux News over $700 million USD? Chart #3 shows GDP per capita was flat under Harper for a few years and then took off after 2016? I wonder why that was?

29th January 2024 at 2:08 pm

Stephen Harper understood economics and was a very educated man! Huge difference in the buffoon that we call PM!

29th January 2024 at 4:45 pm

Freeland and Trudeau haven’t a clue about economy, sustainability, GDP, Growth. these are all above their pay grade! So why are they in power? Because fools voted for them!

29th January 2024 at 4:43 pm
Michael F

So then why is GDP per capita higher now than when Harper was in power?

29th January 2024 at 7:36 pm

I wish people would read Estonia put out by the Fraser Institute great read. If Estonia can come back from
Communist rule to being economically wealthy and one of the freest nations on earth. We could maybe
learn something. To start Government has to cut spending, balance the budget and get out of the way.The people know best. Time for Huge change.Socialism is our enemy!

29th January 2024 at 4:32 pm