We’re No. 1… Which country has the worst dependency record? #elxn42

The welfare state inevitably metastasizes as more and more people are lured into the wagon of government dependency. Fascinating new data shows how big the problem is, with Canada (in this data set) doing best, Greece worst, with the UK ahead of the US, which is in the middle.

This is great news. h/t ds

Number of non-household members each worker supports

Implied Public Reliance








Percent of the population reliant on public funding

percent of population reliant on public funding

  • luna

    I’m curious how this correlates with immigration of unskilled peoples.

  • David Murrell

    As an economist, I wonder about the data which makes Canada looks so good. Our EI system is fairly good, but we have generous welfare, a growing seniors’ demographic, etc.

  • andycanuck

    I think at SDA’s Kate’s twitter feed (or BC Blue’s one) there’s some leftie complaining about Canada topping the U.N. country rankings and how he doubts it under the evil Harper. And some dick from Al Jazeera English and Ryerson discussing how this election is so important because if Harper wins again, Canada’s standing in the world will continue to plummet. @ssholes.

    BTW, under Harper we’re also a top-ranking economic and political openness/anti-corruption leader (that went up under Harper contrasted with the Grits’ governments) and now above the U.S. that’s fallen under Obama.

  • BillyHW

    Socialism is immoral.

  • Maggat

    Approx 12% of Canada’s population on some kind of support. Unimaginable, and unsupportable. Give the dippers or what’s his name the reins and we can expect that to double or triple.

  • luna
  • Ron MacDonald

    If either Trudeau or Mulcair becomes prime minister we’ll quickly end up being next to Greece.

    • Minicapt

      If we exceed Greece, we return to #1.


  • moraywatson

    It’s simple. If you freeze you die.

  • Blacksmith

    Congrats my friends, that is good news for you.

  • DMB

    This must make Kathleen Wynne’s blood boil.

    • Ahh but remember Ontario is the only province bar none where welfare dependency has increased since the 60’s.