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Budget 2018 comes with $6-billion in new spending and projected $18 billion deficit

By Jolson Lim      

The Liberals’ third federal budget since assuming power in 2015 was tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon, and follows the major plot points of previous spending plans: more spending on social programs and infrastructure, and multibillion-dollar deficits without any clear path to return to the black.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses reporters at the 2018 budget lockup in Ottawa on Feb. 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Despite strong economic growth and surging employment numbers, the Trudeau government is calling for $6.3-billion in new spending in the 2018 budget and projecting an $18.1-billion deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. The Liberals’ third federal budget since assuming power in 2015 was tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon, and follows the major plot points of previous spending plans: more spending on social programs and infrastructure, and multibillion-dollar deficits without any clear path to return

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