VANCOUVER, B.C.—Governments throughout Canada have gotten us used to the idea that we should expect less spending on things people need that governments should provide. The marks of good governance these days are low taxes and balanced budgets, the main message of the recent federal budget. The question to be asked is whether policies of ‘austerity’ are good for either the economy or for people. I argue that ‘austerity’ is not working for Canada. The question about austerity’s
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