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GOLDSTEIN: Trudeau's spending habits could spell trouble Fraser says

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is responsible for the two highest years of per-person government spending in Canadian history, excluding a war or recession, says a new study by the Fraser Institute.

The highest year was under prime minister Stephen Harper during the 2009 recession, at $8,711 per person.

But Trudeau, operating in a growing economy with high employment, came in only $62 below that, at $8,649 per person in 2017, and $72 below, at $8,639, in 2018.

“Consequently, two of the three highest-spending years on record — 2017 and 2018 — are within Prime Minister Trudeau’s tenure,” says the study, “Prime Ministers and Government Spending, 2019 edition” by Jake Fuss, Milagros Palacios and Jason Clemens.

It adjusts for population growth, inflation (except for 2015), changes in federal accounting practices, changes in government and excludes interest on debt.

It also notes that it “focuses specifically and narrowly on measuring federal government per-person spending” and, “is not intended to........

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