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Confronting anxious workers and a divided country, Morneau rolls out update meant to reassure Canadians

By Les Whittington      

Facing impressive obstacles on all sides, it’s not surprising the update sounded a lot like the rhetoric the Liberals penned to try to win over voters in the election campaign.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured speaking to reporters about his fall update in Ottawa on Dec. 16. Mr. Morneau was unapologetic in explaining the government’s prioritization of spending programs and tax cuts over deficit-fighting, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Nearly two months after the Liberals’ re-election, Finance Minister Bill Morneau used his first major public foray to try to break through the fog of gloom and division haunting the country.

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