Canada's Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public Spending

A report by Hugh MacKenzie and Richard Shillington from the Canaidan Centre for Policy Alternatives. This study adds a dimension that has been missing to the public debate over taxes and public spending in Canada. It weighs the benefits of public services provided by the federal, provincial and municipal governments agains the benefits of recent tax cuts. Using a sophisticated array of data sets and analytical tools from Statistics Canada, this study concludes that Canadians depend to a significant extent on public services such as education, health care, child care, public pensions, employment insurance, and family benefits for their living standard. The results of this study shows that the vast majority of Canadians are getting a quiet bargain by investing in taxes that produce enormous public benefits. 

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Benefits of Public Spending

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April, 2009

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