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Trudeau’s promises depend on economic growth

By David Crane      

The underperformance of the Canadian economy must be a bracing experience for the Trudeau government because it came into office not really understanding how important achieving a higher growth rate for the economy would be for everything else it promised to do.

The pursuit of a new innovation strategy by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is a sign that the Liberals realize their success in the next federal election depends largely on whether it can put Canada on the path to stronger economic growth, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Economic growth remains the urgent priority of the Trudeau government. Without it, the Liberals cannot deliver for the middle class, achieve their goal of a balanced budget, or afford to sustain health care and meet other needs such as rebuilding the military. The core Liberal plans and most of their campaign promises are linked to economic growth. The focus on growth is all the more urgent now because the economy is seriously underperforming and positive signs for the future

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