The federal budget was released a few weeks ago, and it is still being parsed by media outlets, who are mostly telling the stories of upcoming job losses due to cuts to the public service.
These stories are no doubt important, but do not answer a more important question: what words appear most frequently in the budget? So, we decided to find out.
The chart below shows how often certain words, represented by vertical tick marks ( | ), appear in the budget. We tried to make a list of words that mirror some of the bigger issues being discussed, especially in the Northwest. We also threw in some other words for comparison’s sake, such as the nouns from the budget’s subtitle, “Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity.” We found it curious that these three words (jobs, growth, prosperity), appeared a total of 562 times, while the word “tax” appeared 1,333 times. We also found it strange that, with all the media attention focused on job cuts at the CBC, the phrase “Canadian Broadcasting Corporation” appears only once in the budget.
At any rate, the words are ranked from fewest appearances to most. And, in case you’re wondering, the word “and” appears 4,524 times, while “the” appears 10,006 times.
Appearances of certain words in Canadian 2012 federal budget
Source: Canada. Department of Finance. Budget 2012: Jobs, Growth & Long-term Prosperity.