In my mind, here are some areas where I think the govt should NOT spend:
The auto industry (enough cars and congestion on the road already!)
The banking system (any increase in spending, be it direct or indirect, will benefit the banks either way, so why dirct spending on banks that will benefit the banks only?)
The military (why not promote more alliances and military cooperation rather than promote wasteful redundancies in the system by having each nation spend individually. Too redundant. Why not share forces as much as possible.)
Official bilingualism (considering that Statscan statistics from 2006 show that the vast majority fo Canadians on both sides of the language divide failed to learn their second official language in spite of billions in provincial and federal government funding and compulsory second-language classes throughout the land, it's time to face the facts and accept that English and French are just too difficult for most Canadians as second languages).
Infrastructure for personal gas-powered vehicles (e.g. roads and highways) (too many roads already)
Where I would support spending:
Education (it's the backbone of democracy after all. Do we really want ignorant voters at the polls?)
Research into second-language acquisition policies (as the world shrinks, international communication will become increasingly expensive, yet with statistics showing that few in Canada succeed in learning their second language well, we need to research more efficient ways to increase the rate of bilingualism but at reasonable cost)
Resource-friendly infrastructure if necessary (e.g. bicycle paths connecting residential areas to business centres, etc.)
Your thoughts? What should we be increasing spending on, and what not?