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Canada ranks at the bottom of COVID misery index


When it comes to its citizens feeling unduly brutalized by their politicians’ mishandling of the COVID crisis, Canada ranks at the top or more accurately at the bottom. According to a misery index published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Canadians are feeling the pain from the COVID pandemic and lockdowns far more than most.

The National Post explains:

A “misery index” suggests that overall well-being in Canada has suffered more than average in pandemic, ranking 11th out of 15 countries on a scale of miserableness.

OTTAWA — Canada has had a miserable time coping with COVID-19, according to new research that seeks to take the broadest possible measure of the country’s pandemic response, accounting for everything from mortality rates to economic malaise.

A “misery index” published by the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute on Monday suggests that overall well-being in Canada has suffered more than average, ranking 11th out of 15 countries on a scale of miserableness.

READ: Canada ranks worse than most developed countries in COVID-19 ‘misery index,’ study says

And the misery has just started.

Despite being the most miserable of the developed countries in terms of our governments’ mishandling of the lockdowns, the Trudeau government has also racked up the most spending and debt during the pandemic of any country in the world.

It’s a debt that can only be paid back through higher taxes. Yes, the misery has just started.

Canada led the annual 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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