The Canadian Century in Washington

By October 10, 2010March 18th, 2020No Comments

I was in the US capital last week for a series of meetings and public appearances. One stop was at the prestigious Canadian Studies Program at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. I was there with my co-author, Jason Clemens, to address students, faculty and Canada-watchers in the US capital on the content of MLI’s first book.

You can watch a video provided by SAIS here, with the lecture commencing at approximately the 3:30 minute mark.

I also was invited to join Professor Earl Fry to speak at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Center, where I brought the Canadian Century message of fiscal sanity to American audiences (you can view a video of the event here). And partly as a result of sitting down with me during my visit, the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards wrote in Cutting Government the Canadian Way:

Canadian spending did grow during the past decade, but much less than U.S. government spending. Between 2000 and 2009, total Canadian federal spending increased 47 percent, but total U.S. federal spending rose 97 percent.

From a libertarian point of view, Canada’s spending cuts were modest. But the Canadian experience illustrates that a lot of progress can made if even modest cuts are made and then spending is constrained to grow at a slower rate than the overall economy.

For more on the Canadian fiscal reforms, see The Canadian Century by Brian Lee Crowley, Jason Clemens, and Niels Veldhuis.