federal deficit

Canada isn’t projected to run balanced budget until 2050

The collapse of oil prices is one culprit. A the larger problem is Canada’s aging population.

Canada’s fiscal outlook just keeps getting worse

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s most recent fiscal update painted an ever-gloomier picture—one of slowing growth, and bigger deficits

In the teeth of market turmoil, Mulcair pledges balanced budget

But Tom Mulcair’s audacious pledge comes in the wake of far more cautious promises from the NDP’s star recruit

The mystery behind Canada’s shrinking deficit

A fact check on the following: “The Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015”

What was actually updated in the fiscal update?

Not any real explanation of how the government plans to make the deficit disappear

The return of the federal structural deficit?

Even the Department of Finance’s own figures suggest the red ink is here to stay

The federal deficit is ‘on track’ — but to where?

Stephen Gordon on why Budget 2014 promises to be interesting


Federal deficit still looking set to come in well under $26bn

The federal deficit was $0.6 bn in December 2012, up slightly from the $0.5 bn recorded in December 2011, the Finance Department revealed today. Still, red ink accumulated since the beginning of the fiscal year, in April, amounted to $13 bn, below the $16.1 registered over the same period in 2011-2012.

The federal deficit will be less than predicted

Possibly much less, writes Stephen Gordon


You have options, sirs

Another of those pesky economists suggests the federal deficit will require some attention at some point. Luckily, Messrs Ignatieff and Harper have a choice of solutions. Unfortunately, “none of the above” is not an option.