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Government betting that Canadians’ dreams include deficits

By Tim Harper      

Rookie Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a budget that should be an easy political sell to Canadians and will be applauded by the party's core constituency, with its promises to the middle class, its investments in infrastructure and innovation, its employment insurance reforms, its green initiatives, and First Nations investments.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured Tuesday, March 22, in Ottawa shortly before releasing the budget in the House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Welcome to the era of deficits and dreams. Some of the dreams are deferred, but the deficits seem cast in stone. Here's betting, however, that Canadians will not give much thought to a $29.4-billion deficit that scales down, but does not disappear, during the Liberal mandate. Rookie Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a budget that should be an easy political sell to Canadians and will be applauded by the party's core constituency, with its promises to the middle

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