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Bottom line? Canada’s potential growth rate remains in decline

By David Crane      

But Bill Morneau's speech was too much a boastful bromide better suited for a partisan political rally than a sober and frank accounting of the core economic challenges facing the country and the risks they pose to future well-being.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured on the Hill. Despite all the optimism in the fiscal outlook on how well Canada is supposed to be doing, there are good reasons to have serious concerns about the future, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—You almost had the feeling when he read his fall economic statement speech to the House of Commons last Wednesday that Finance Minister Bill Morneau was on the verge of declaring, “Canadians, you’ve never had it so good.” He was smart enough not to say it, even if it was a subliminal message.

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