Comment 56524

By realfreeenterpriser (registered) | Posted January 15, 2011 at 23:41:50

I hesitate to enter this black hole but A Smith wrote "Alberta has the lowest taxes and lowest spending in Canada" in an attempt to justify his Economics 101 analysis of the problem at hand and his predictable conclusion that if we just didn't have to pay taxes everything would be fine.

Well, a quick Google search of provincial budgets shows 2010-11 spending as follows:

1 Ontario 129,000,000,000
2 Quebec 69,551,000,000
3 British Columbia 40,600,000,000
4 Alberta 38,712,000,000
5 Manitoba 10,754,577,000
6 Saskatchewan 10,124,086,000 7 Nova Scotia 9,044,361,000
8 New Brunswick 7,880,476,000
9 Newfoundland and Labrador 7,398,090,400
10 Prince Edward Island 1,515,900,000

Given Ontario's population of 13.2 million people and Alberta's of 3.7 it would seem to me that Alberta DOESN'T have the lowest spending whether in total or per capita. Moreover, if these budgets are balanced, it would follow that Alberta's taxes, in one form or another, wouldn't be the lowest either. Apparently government spending isn't such a bad thing after all.

Trolling this site and applying the same tired old simplistic solution to whatever complex problem comes along is tedious but putting forward "facts" that simply aren't true as the very foundation of a position simply blows it out of the water.

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