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Finance Minister Bill Morneau talks about the 2019 budget at an Economic Club of Canada event at the Chateau Laurier on March 20, the day after he tabled it in the House. The budget offers very little in terms of foreign aid, despite Canadians’ concerns about the issue, argues Prateek Awasthi. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Budget misses the mark on international development

Poll results tell us there is widespread public support for foreign aid. But this budget doesn’t reflect that priority.
Canada’s aging sub fleet needs to be replaced, but from a political standpoint, it’s more convenient to fix the existing fleet than start a costly procurement process in an election year.
The future of Canada’s mining industry lies increasingly in remote and northern regions, but the infrastructure deficit challenges project economics in this part of the country.
Parliamentarians will face 194 votes, instead of one, to approve $6-billion in budget measures. It’s a ‘clear improvement,’ says the parliamentary budget officer, but opposition MPs say it still erodes spending scrutiny.
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