Monday, December 29, 2008

What can $35 billion buy?

As Stephen Harper admits a $35 billion stimulus package will put Canada's budget in the deficit for the first time in eleven years, columnist Don Martin estimates what that amount of money could buy. Some examples: 2.3 million new cars, the Maple Leafs 85 times over, or the whole NHL 6 times over, twice the amount of alcohol consumed in Canada each year, the Olympics 16 times over, and roughly half the net worth of the richest man in the world (Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad).

As it stands, the figure represents $1,040 from every Canadian.


percyq said...

About seven years of Ag bailouts, but rural Canada votes tory blue, so that kind of big government swill gets a pass from the "non-partisan" CTF.

Josef said...

Oh and $17,800 will buy you three wasteful trips for "human rights".

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