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Is the federal government still running a deficit? It depends

By Michael Hatfield      

Opponents are technically right in accusing the Liberals of failing to live up to their 2015 fiscal platform promises. But the Liberals can truthfully say that they kept those promises.

Pointing to Public Accounts data, the Conservative Party and business journalists agree that the Liberals broke their promise to run deficits of no more than $10-billion and to return quickly to a surplus. But Statistics Canada’s National Accounts data leads to a very different conclusion. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

OTTAWA—During the 2015 election campaign, the Liberals announced that, if elected, they would temporarily run a deficit of approximately $10-billion to stimulate the economy and reduce poverty. However, they expected to return the federal budget to a surplus position in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

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Don’t piss on our shoes and tell us Black lives matter

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.

Pandemic makes delayed MMIWG action plan more urgent, say Senators, advocates

Consultations are ‘dragging on,’ say some who argue COVID-19 shouldn’t be used as an excuse for slow work and bad communication from the Liberals.

House suspension deal offers ‘insufficient’ scrutiny of feds’ spending amid COVID, say politicos

Four hours to study $87-billion in government spending is inadequate, says Liberal MP John McKay, calling it ‘short-term gain for a long-term pain.’

Parliamentary association chair defends Canada-China group as critics call for its suspension

News|By Neil Moss
'I think we do need to review the activities of the legislative association,' says Conservative MP and vice-chair Michael Cooper.

Team Lewis ‘punching above’ its weight in race for CPC leadership

‘Dr. Lewis has surprised many by getting this far,’ says campaign manager Steve Outhouse. ‘We’re looking to continue to surprise people right up to the end.’

Observers lament ‘sobering’ Torstar sale as new owners pledge to uphold ‘progressive nature’ of Canada’s largest newspaper

News|By Mike Lapointe
MPs, former Star journalists, and Torstar's soon-to-be new owners weigh in on the sale of Canada's largest daily newspaper, and what it says about progressive journalism in Canada.

Some MPs express concern over looming changes to disclosure of travel expenses

News|By Palak Mangat
'We saw this during the last election, where members and their designated travellers were singled out, targeted, and exploited for partisan gain,' says Conservative Whip Mark Strahl.

Canada should re-examine U.S. relations, ‘pursue its own future’ in face of Trump’s pandemic response, say foreign policy and trade experts

‘America is putting itself first, which is natural. Why shouldn’t we behave in the same way?’ says Carleton U’s David Carment. 

A fall federal election is ‘a real possibility,’ and a ‘sweet spot’ for Liberals to win a majority, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MPs have recently held discussions in caucus meetings about nomination rules for incumbent MPs for the next election, Liberal MP Ken Hardie confirmed to The Hill Times last week.
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