TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 17, 2016) - On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Fraser Institute will release a new study about the causes of Ontario's massive debt, which has largely accumulated over the past 13 years.

The study, Spending is the Source of Ontario's Deficit and Debt Problem, casts a critical eye upon the popular narrative at Queen's Park that suggests Ontario's large deficits are an unavoidable consequence of the 2008 global economic downturn and other uncontrollable economic forces. 

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwired at 5:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Feb. 18.

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Contact Information:

Ben Eisen
Associate Director
Provincial Prosperity Studies, Fraser Institute

Charles Lammam
Fiscal Studies, Fraser Institute

For interviews with Mr. Eisen or Mr. Lammam, please contact:
Aanand Radia 
Media Relations Specialist, Fraser Institute
Tel: (416) 363-6575 Ext. 238