I assume you mean Canada's deficit reduction, in which case that graph's a bit unfair, as the 'hell or high water' budget wasn't until 1995.Canada actually experienced very strong GDP growth in the late 90s, so if that's your measure of success, then defecit reduction was a success.In terms of the effect on public services, a lot surely depends on the complexion of the provincial government, given how many programs were downloaded. Whilst right-wing Alberta mightn't be a good advert for what happened, I don't get the impression that public services in Quebec, or to a lesser extent, Ontario, have been so badly affected in the longer term.
Homelessness in Canada as a whole is estimated to be from 150,000 to 300,000. There are no accurate figures because although Statistics Canada measures happiness, it does not measure homelessness. Counting is done by some individual cities. You mention Quebec: the estimate for homeless in Montreal is 25,000. You are correct that Alberta is the meanest of the Provinces when it comes to welfare benefits, but these things are relative.
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