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Posted by Joan Russow
Friday, 09 October 2015 04:05

The Façade and Reality of the Canadian Economy

By Alan Danesh


The Conservatives claim to be true custodians of the economy. Yet as the figures below from Statistics Canada and International Monetary Fund clearly document, Canadian economy was being rapidly hollowed out in the last six years of the Conservative rule. The Total Balance of Payments deficits for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 are listed below: They represent a dramatic reversal of the massive the Balance of Payments surpluses of earlier years that the Conservatives inherited:


2005                       $+21,910  x  million

2006                    $ +17,953   x  million

2007                     $ +11,307    x  million

2008                    $ +3,470    x  million

2009                    $ -40,341   x million

2010                     $-58,419   x million

2011                     $-47,195  x  million        

2012                   $ -59,911   x  million

2013                 $ -56,254     x  million

2014                 $ -41,480     x  million


Sources: Statistics Canada, CANSIM, tables 376-0101.

International Monetary Fund Balance of          Payments Statistics Yearbook and data files.

Two of the largest deficits are in the categories of Services (-$22,997 million) and Portfolio Investments

(-$20,342 million). These are where any balance of trade surpluses gained through Canada’s export of goods are lost.

In reality Canadians’ standard of living has been maintained through a process of reverse mortgage, whereby Canada has been losing between $40 billion

and $59.9 billion worth of its national economic assets each year in the past 6 years.

Any claim that these deficits are the result of international economic recession has no validity, since during the same period of massive Canadian balance of payments deficits many other countries from Algeria to Zambia, and many others in between, including the poverty-stricken Bangladesh, have been accumulating vast balance of payments surpluses.


International Balance of Payments is the nation’s “budget,” and is far more crucial in its impact on jobs and the economy than the government budget. Data generally available show that for every billion dollars which is taken out of the economy between 28,000 and 40,000 jobs are lost in Canada, depending on in which area of the economy the funds would have been spent. If we multiply even the lower estimate of 28,000 jobs by the average $50.6 billion annual balance of payments deficits, the average number of jobs lost to Canadian economy in each year is more than 1.4 million. The façade of prosperity is maintained through the sale of Canadian national assets to foreign investors.


Alan Danesh is a political scientist trained in law. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.