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Good politics, bad policy: why deficits matter and why young Canadians should care

By Trevin Stratton      

Consistently spending beyond government revenues, with the expectation that it will be paid off in the future, has a real impact on generational equity. It has the effect of unduly benefiting current generations at the expense of future generations.

Young voters, in particular, should be concerned about structural deficits. Taxpayers are eventually going to have to pay for what is being spent today, writes Trevin Stratton. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose and this election season is no different. The first half of the election period has produced billions of dollars in spending commitments, numerous proposed new benefits, and targeted boutique tax credits. Some of these announcements have been properly costed. Other proposals include somewhat questionable numbers or none at all. As voters, we don’t know how these fiscal plans will pan out.

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News|By Beatrice Paez
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News|By Neil Moss
'Anything is an improvement over what's going on right now,' says Liberal MP John McKay, who was parliamentary secretary to the defence minister from 2015 to 2017.

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Despite Liberal policy aiming for 25 per cent female recruits by 2026, the number of women in Regular Forces and Primary Reserves is still below 16 per cent, according to latest data.

Anchorman: Evan Solomon named new host of CTV’s Power Play

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