, Dec 6, 2012, Business in Vancouver
Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada’s Premiers 2012 ranks 10 premiers – eight current and two former – on three components of fiscal policy: government spending, taxes and debt and deficits.
Clark’s ratings were above average in all categories.
“Our report shows which premiers have put their provinces on track for economic growth and which have not,” said Charles Lammam, associate director of the Fraser Institute Centre for Tax and Budget Policy and co-author of the report.
Premier Clark had a rating of 60.8 out of 100 for fiscal management policies overall, compared with an average of 45.9.
The premiers who had the highest rankings overall were:
- Kathy Dunderdale (Newfoundland and Labrador): 71.4;
- David Alward (New Brunswick): 70.4; and
- Brad Wall (Saskatchewan): 61.6.
The B.C. premier’s rankings in each of the three individual categories are:
- government spending: Clark – 54.5; average – 35.73;
- taxes: Clark – 62.8; average – 50.48; and
- debts and deficits: Clark – 65.0; average – 51.42.
The complete study can be found at the Fraser Institute’s website.