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The award for government incompetence goes to …


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Credit: Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 3.0

With the Oscar awards around the corner, it is time to determine who won the award for the world’s most incompetent government in 2020. With a former drama teacher as its prime minister, could we expect anything less than an outstanding performance from Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Popular National Post columnist Rex Murphy provides his endorsement:

It’s a mess. It’s a shambles. It’s an embarrassment. It is the worst ever by any reasonable measurement.

Judging by their performance on the most important files, the current bunch in Ottawa would need to hire a consultant to figure out how to get wet in a thunderstorm, and set up a task force to study how to tie their own shoes.

Look around you. Canada is in the biggest, most persistent and threatening crisis since — well since ever. The long-term care homes are under a blizzard of mortality. There is heartbreak in every small business in the country. The worry and anxiety level of most everyday citizens — especially those not shielded by uninterrupted cheques from provincial and federal governments, and those not serving as a member of a legislature — is at an all-time high.

READ: Rex Murphy: This is the worst Canadian government ever. Can there be any question?

RELATED: How Ottawa utterly botched Canada’s. COVID vaccine roll out

Below is the list of government deficits from 2020 as a percentage of the country’s GDP (the size of its economy). A deficit represents the budget shortfall in a single year, compared to the total debt that represents the accumulation of those yearly deficits.

Canada led the deficit pack in 2020, and with a deficit of US$3.3 trillion in 2020, the US was not even a close second:

Canada-19.9Peru-9.4
United States-18.7New Zealand-9.2
Brazil-16.8Netherlands-8.8
United Kingdom-16.5Slovak Republic-8.8
Japan-14.2Portugal-8.4
Spain-14.1Hungary-8.3
South Africa-14.0Germany-8.2
India-13-1Pakistan-8.0
Italy-13.0Turkey-7.9
Israel-12.9Finland-6.8
China-11.9Ireland-6.0
Hong Kong SAR-11.8Sweden-5.9
Belgium-11.4Mexico-5.8
France-10.8Russian Federation-5.3
Singapore-10.8Switzerland-4.2
Saudi Arabia-10.6Denmark-4.0
Poland-10.5South Korea-3.2
Australia-10.1Norway-1.8
Austria-9.9
Source: International Money Fund (general government net lending/borrowing as a percentage of gross
domestic product 2020)

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