The Façade and Reality of the Canadian Economy Print
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Posted by Joan Russow
Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:48
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 
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.
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wo 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 
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.
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