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Liberals’ 2015 economic and fiscal plan: did they deliver? Yep

By Michael Hatfield      

To sum up, the Liberals have delivered on their promise that a significant short-term increase in the deficit and a resulting modest rise in the net debt to GDP ratio would result in major improvements in full-time job creation and poverty reduction.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on June 17, 2019, in Ottawa with his chief of staff, Katie Telford, centre, and his director of communications, Kate Purchase, left. They also delivered on the promise that the increase in the net debt to GDP ratio would be reversed after the 2016-17 fiscal year, writes Michael Hatfield. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—In August 2015, the federal Liberals presented a bold and ambitious fiscal and economic platform. At a time when even the federal NDP was promising balanced budgets, the Liberal plan proposed large deficits for the next two fiscal years to stimulate job creation and reduce poverty. Their argument was that these deficits would pay for significant infrastructure, housing investments, a middle-class income tax cut, large increases in child benefit payments for low- and middle-income parents and enhanced benefits for low-income seniors.

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