Manufactured Crisis

Ontario's Shrinking Fiscal Options
April 9, 2001
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This report finds that the only way the Ontario government can avoid a budget deficit in 2001-02 is to suspend the implementation of further tax cuts. Contrary to the government's claim, Ontario does not have a spending crisis. Instead it has a revenue crisis--one created by the government's own policies.

The province's shrinking fiscal options are the result of the cumulative effect of five years of tax cuts and a steadily worsening economic slowdown. The study estimates that, by the time all the promised tax cuts are fully implemented, Ontario's annual revenue will be $20 billion lower than it would have been without the cuts.