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Roger Martin

Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

... the [Chretien] Liberal government ... has presided over the worst decade in living memory for Canada's relative prosperity. After many decades occupying third place in the world in gross domestic product per capita ... Canada slipped to the fifth spot in 1991. We have vacillated between fifth and seventh ever since. Ireland, which in 1987 had half our standard of living, is set to become a more prosperous county than Canada in 2000. Canadians have long consoled themselves by characterizing the U.S. as sacrificing socal spending in order to create high levels of wealth. Now we must face the fact that the wealthy U.S. is spending more per capita on social programs than Canada does.

Feb. 28, 2000 - from "How to Judge the Budget", published in TIME magazine