There’s more to the stay-the-course budget than suggested
By Andrew CardozoApr. 3, 2017
One of the bravest parts of the budget was its naming of priority sectors. The six broad innovative sectors are: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health/bio-sciences, and clean resources.
Depending which part of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget you focus on, it was any of those things and more. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
OTTAWA—So what kind of budget was it? An innovation budget? A skills budget? A gender-aware budget? A social safety net budget? Or an environmental budget? Stay-the-course seemed to be the pundits’ consensus. I’m not so sure.
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