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How much of Canada's vitality is driven by borrowing and government stimulus?  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
How much of Canada's vitality is driven by borrowing and government stimulus? (Photo: Brian Mann)

Canada boosts recession-era prosperity with government jobs, new borrowing

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This week, we're looking at the very different way that Canada has experienced the Great Recession, when compared to the North Country. In partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann has been traveling this week in Ontario, comparing the situation in the US with life on the ground in Canada.

One of the biggest differences he's been finding is in government. This week, the New York Times reported that deep cuts have hit the public sector here in the US. But those same deep government cuts haven't occurred (at least not yet) north of the border.

Brian talked about the role government jobs have played in Canada, contrasted with the downsizing that has swept the US.

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