The appropriate federal fiscal policy? You be the judge
On balance, the government’s choice to risk a rise in inflation to protect the living standards of the most vulnerable and minimize the number of businesses thrown into bankruptcy was the right one.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured Nov. 24, 2022, in Ottawa. The federal fiscal response to the unprecedented changes in the economy brought on by the COVID pandemic seems to have been—if not exactly error-free—nimble and, on balance, appropriate, writes Michael Hatfield. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade