Clearly, government revenues from natural resources have declined substantially in recent years. This is in spite of rising metals and minerals prices and growth in production volumes. Here is an example.
In British Columbia, taxpayers are losers. So too are the province's most vulnerable residents: like the single parents on disability who suffer clawbacks of family maintenance payments and have had benefits frozen for seven years. Paul Willcocks commented in Clark's pension costs taxpayers $76,000 a year, but disability rate increase not 'affordable'
"Clark said [in June 2014] that she knows the benefits, frozen since 2007, are too low.If the priority of government is to subsidize and steadily reduce the obligations of big businesses that exploit provincial assets, the day when social services are more affordable will never come.
"But British Columbia is just too poor to provide any increase. That will have to wait for some unknown future when it is "affordable," she said..."