The 'Last Recession Spook': A Very Curable Disease


This paper by Toronto-based social policy analyst John Stapleton for CCPA, looks at the history of public investments during economic downturns and finds that the ghost of the last recession (in the 1990s) still haunts Canadians, limiting our thinking of what’s possible to modest terms. Exhorting Canadians to start real change and improvement, he writes, “The last recession was unlike all others and rather than reducing government programs during recessions, we used to increase them.”