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Military activities, veterans’ support, Phoenix fix big-ticket items in $4B new spending ask

By Emily Haws      

The Service Income Security Insurance Plan, the Canadian Armed Forces' underfunded long-term disability plan, has the largest price tag at $623-million.

Treasury Board Scott Brison tabled the third and final supplementary estimates of the 2017-18 fiscal year on Feb. 12, which includes a request for more than $900-million in funding for his department alone. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Department of National Defence and other departments providing services to active and retired members of the Armed Forces are taking up a sizeable chunk of the $4-billion in extra spending the Liberals have put forward for parliamentary approval in the fiscal year’s last round of spending estimates.

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