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The Orca Podcasts

Dec 14, 2018

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau gave Canadians an economic update last week, and the news wasn’t great. The federal deficit continues to grow and will reach $19.6 billion next year – far more than what Justin Trudeau promised in the last election.

Federal officials say the budget won’t be balanced until the year 2045, raising concerns that Canada now has a structural deficit built into the way it spends our tax money. And if a recession hits, that deficit number could more than double.

Jason Clemons is the Executive Vice President of the Fraser Institute and has been writing on federal finances at He joined Rick via Skype.