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4 February 2010February 4, 2010

Think twice before going deeper into public debt: lessons from the Canadian experience

Viewpoint on Canada’s management of public finances.

Think twice before going deeper into public debt: lessons from the Canadian experience

It is easy and tempting for politicians to let deficits soar and to dig more deeply into public debt. No country can escape this. In France, the proposed government deficit for 2010 is equal to more than one-third of gross tax revenues. The Moody's rating agency says world sovereign debt is likely to go from 63% of world GDP in 2008 to 80% in 2010. It is essential to think twice before yielding to this easy "game." This game is dangerous. Unless public debt is brought under control, governments run the risk of leading their countries into bankruptcy.

Links of interest

MEI's Media Release:
Canada’s experience in the 1990s should serve as a model for reducing public spending

IEM's Media Release: Déficit et dette publique: le gouvernement français devrait prendre exemple sur le Canada, selon l’Institut économique Molinari

It is easy and tempting for politicians to let deficits soar and to dig more deeply into public debt. No country can escape this. In France, the proposed government deficit for 2010 is equal to more than one-third of gross tax revenues. The Moody's rating agency says world sovereign debt is likely to go from 63% of world GDP in 2008 to 80% in 2010. It is essential to think twice before yielding to this easy "game." This game is dangerous. Unless public debt is brought under control, governments run the risk of leading their countries into bankruptcy.


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