National debt clock rolls into Vernon

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is on tour to alarm residents about the magnitude of the country’s debt.

  • Feb. 22, 2011 10:00 a.m.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is on tour to alarm residents about the magnitude of the country’s debt.

Accompanied by its national debt clock, the CTF visits Vernon Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Polson Park.

The stop is part of CTF’s national tour and campaign in support of balanced budgets.

The large aluminum clock, which measures six foot six inches high and is 12 feet long ,displays both the per-second increase in public debt and the per-person figure.

A customized trailer has been built for the tour which allows for a rolling display of the clock.

“It’s time to wake up,” said CTF federal director Kevin Gaudet.

“The last time the federal government ran deficits, they continued unabated for 27 consecutive years. We know from past experience that unless taxpayers demand lawmakers balance budgets, the country will once again spiral into prolonged deficits, a permanent increase in the size of government and higher taxes to pay for it all.”