30 Percent Chance of Government Failing Fiscal Goal of Reducing Federal Debt Over Next Decade: Study

With a little over a week before the federal government releases Budget 2023, a stress test of the current fiscal policy shows that Ottawa has a 30 percent chance of failing to achieve its core fiscal goal of reducing federal debt over a 10-year period, says a Fraser Institute study.
The study, titled “Stress Testing the Federal Fiscal Anchor,” was co-authored by Bev Dahlby, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, and Ergete Ferede, professor of economics at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government’s fiscal anchor was to maintain its debt-to-GDP ratio at 30 percent. But with federal borrowing to finance the massive pandemic-related spending, the debt ratio shot up to 47.5 percent in 2021, the authors said in an executive summary released on March 16….

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