The province is also getting ready for its first budget. Kenora-Rainy River member and senior cabinet minister Greg Rickford offers his perspective.

"We have a $15 billion structural deficit, and we are $348 billion in the hole," he said. "We're well north of a quarter of a trillion, we're now closer to a half a trillion dollars in debt. Trillion."

Rickford noted the merger of the child advocate and the environment commissioner into the ombudsman's office was necessary, as Queen's Park looks to balance the books.

"Our debt to GDP ratio is 40 per cent. In Canada alone, what they call the danger zone standard is 19 per cent. The province is at 40," he said.

By comparison, in its last budget, the federal government was hoping to bring the country's debt to GDP ratio below 30 per cent. According to the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation, the total debt for Canadians is at close to $665 billion.

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Canada's deb clock

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