The Fraser Institute is out with a new study, and not surprisingly, it paints a critical picture of government debt.
It has found that for 2016-17, federal and provincial debt will total $1.4-trillion dollars, an increase of more than 63% over the past decade.
Study author Charles Lammam says the more money governments spend on interest payments, the less money that is available for actual programs and services.
For example, he says the interest payments that Canadians paid on government debt last year was as much as the provinces spend on K-to-12 education.
For British Columbia, the study says the net debt, as a percentage of the provincial GDP, has risen 25% over the past decade.