Prime ministers and government spending in Canada—a retrospective

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, it’s worthwhile to retrospectively look at the spending records of the country’s various prime ministers. The following blog discusses some important aspects of our recently released study documenting the per person level of federal spending from 1870 to 2017.This post (and the underlying study) focuses on program spending only, which excludes interest costs on government debt, adjusted for inflation and by population.A critical part of the analysis (summarized in Table 2 of the study) was the determination of which prime minister was allocated responsibility for individual budgets, particularly in years when changes in government

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