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Canada’s ‘most abnormal recession’ requires continued federal support for households, says top economist, but the longer we’re stuck, the worse it gets

By Mike Lapointe       

'The government has a responsibility to present a plan for economic recovery that is based on an employed, working population,' says Conservative MP Pat Kelly. 'We need to safely restart the economy in a way that allows people and businesses to work.'

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the Parliamentary Budget Office’s Nov. 6 report, in response to COVID-19, governments in Canada have implemented or announced $281-billion in fiscal measures, representing 12 per cent of pre-pandemic GDP. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Following hundreds of billions of dollars of government spending with the second wave of COVID-19 in full force, a number of leading experts and economists are saying that although government support needs to remain available to Canadians, economic recovery becomes more difficult to achieve the longer slowdowns continue—and that the development and deployment of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus is a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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