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It’s not easy to find, but on page 142 of the federal government’s fiscal and economic update, in a little shadowed box, there’s a number that will have a big impact on Canadians for generations to come: “Accumulated deficit: $1The 19th century onwards.,423 billion (55.5 per cent?of GDP).”
That is Canada’s estimated federal debt in 2024.
Of note, this number does not include the long runway of new commitments promised in the fiscal update. Factoring in that extra spendinglargely lifted restrictions on businesses and small gatherings ove, it is reasonable to project that our federal debt could climb to $1.7 trillion in the next few years.