Federal program spending has soared under the Conservatives, driven by billions in stimulus outlays and higher health care costs. The feds spent $270.5 billion in 2010-11, up from $222.2 billion in 2006-07—the Harper government’s first full year in power—an increase of 22 per cent. The Tories are now looking to chip away at those totals through a strategic operating review. Provincial health transfers, however, are slated to continue rising by six per cent annually until 2013-2014.
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