IS CANADA LEADING THE WAY AGAIN?

The central political question of our time is this:  What is the role of the national government.  Should it grow larger to take care of growing needs?  Or should it grow smaller to provide mainly for defense?

Economist Vito Tanzi predicts the shrinking of the modern state, says it has already begun and thast Canada is an early leader in this process.

Taken as a whole, the welfare state may now be considered delusional.  Almost inevitably it will lead to bankruptcy.

Mr.Tanzi, an Italian, cites Canada and Sweden as examples of countries that have begun the process of downsizing government == proving that fiscal discipline is possible.  Canadians and Swedes have come to understand that the governmental milk cow has been over-milked and was sono to run dry.

In 1920, the Canadian state consumed 16  per cent of the country’s GDP/  By  the 1990’s it consumed 46 per cent.  By 2007 it consumed only 39 per cent and is on target to go lower still to around 30 per cent.

Assuming that this tarket is reached,  Canada will have shrunk the state by more than 30 per cent.

Is Canada leading the way to smaller government?

What do you think?

7 Comments »

  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Let’s hope so.

  2. 2
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    this time I agree with Tony. I also think this is the shortest entry I have ever seen from him

  3. 3

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Peace Prize Prez is killing again:

    http://www.theroot.com/buzz/video-minister-farrakhanthats-murderer-white-house

  4. 4
    Neil McKenty Says:

    I don’t thi nk most Canadians realizee how well off they are.

  5. 5

    While the Federal government is downsizing, which is long overdue, I understand that the defense department has “bloomed” in Ottawa/Hull.
    I think that cities such as Montreal and school boards are just outrageous!
    Of course I need to add, that they’ve all laid off mature workers to save a few bucks on the insurance plans, but all their talent & experience is gone. “Maybe we should hire 3 young dumb bunnies to replace a 50 year old worker!” Brilliant strategy.
    Does anyone out there have a degree in management? Failing that- some common sense?

  6. 6

    When referring to Ghadafi et al. It can’t be called murder. It’s extermination.

  7. 7

    Farrakhan’s pointing fingers? That’s rich! LOL!


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