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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, left, says the Trudeau government has made an 'even bigger mess of the budget than even I thought possible,' and has reneged on his 2017 promise to balance the budget in two years if elected. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, right, says maybe Mr. Scheer is 'looking at the issue more sensibly.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Scheer’s abandoned pledge to quickly balance budget if elected a ‘confirmation’ Liberal plan is working, says Grit MP Easter

With the Conservatives now banking on a five-year balanced budget plan, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says campaigning on modest deficits 'may be the new normal.'
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business led in groups lobbying MPs as June’s 1,446 reported communications halved the total reported in May.
Despite the Liberals’ 2015 commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the oil and gas industry continues to receive them, says Environmental Defence’s Julia Levin.
Without adequately addressing subsidies, the federal government undermines benefits from its own commendable carbon pricing policies.
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Senators rejected staff-suggested changes to the rules governing how they spend money from their office budgets, in favour of examining the rules and coming up with their own changes.
It’s always the same with right-wing populism. It’s based on the notion that average people won’t notice when they lose out in the fine print.
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.
The rollout of funds and production of units has some housing specialists concerned.
They spent $111-million less in the past two fiscal years than they would have in the absence of the federal program, says a new report from the parliamentary budget officer.
Opinion|Jonathan Cote
We need the federal government to stay on board by making a long-term commitment to the transportation infrastructure the Vancouver region needs.
Investing in infrastructure is a good idea. But by establishing several targeted programs, each with its own strict criteria, Ottawa has caused more harm than good.
‘All we need is just one incident and we’re going to be back trying to defend our expenses again,' Sen. Elizabeth Marshall says. Progress is stalled on creating a committee meant to oversee Senators' spending.
While all parties have benefited from the drop in Liberal support among millennials, the Green Party has a 'real shot at cracking' that demographic's vote, says Abacus Data's David Coletto.
Observers are divided on the creation of a national drug agency, with some saying it’s a good first step, while the NDP critic says it’s ‘reorganization, not progress.’
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