Posted 2 years ago on April 2, 2012, 12:04 p.m. EST by Reneye
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Canada’s 2012 Budget: Imposing Austerity on the World’s Most Resource-rich Country
by Ellen Brown
Canada, called the world’s most resource-rich country, is now being subjected to austerity measures like those imposed on third world countries in earlier decades. It is all done in the name of reducing a federal debt that got out of control in the 1970s, when Canada quit borrowing from its own central bank.
Last week in Ottawa, the Canadian House of Commons passed the federal government’s latest round of budget cuts and austerity measures. Highlights included chopping 19,200 public sector jobs, cutting federal programs by $5.2 billion per year, and raising the retirement age for millions of Canadians from 65 to 67. The justification for the cuts was a massive federal debt that is now over C$ 581 billion, or 84% of GDP.