This Economic Note examines the growth of Canadian government over the last few decades and provide some empirical estimates of the cost of this government expansion on the lives of Canadians generally and Quebecers in particular. Like many medicines, a small dose of government may lead to a healthy and vigorous society, but it can be a dangerous poison if taken in too large a dose. A large government, though useful in many respects, deprives the private sector of resources needed for the creation of wealth. This report attempts to summarize the trade-off that exists between government and private sector wealth creation.
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