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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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