Rapid-Fire Politics: What to expect in Bill Morneau’s first budget

Four things to consider as the Finance minister makes final pre-budget preparations


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already said his government’s first budget will be full of “unsexy” investments, but it’s hard to dampen expectations after leaking that planned spending will blow through the $20-billion deficit mark—and maybe even $25 billion. So what should you watch for when Finance Minister Bill Morneau rises in the House next week?

Evan Solomon has these four items on his budget watch list:

1. Deficit: Size matters, and budget documents will give a sense of deficits to come—and the extent of Liberal spending promises.

2. West vs. East: Watch where the money goes. Will there be more help for Alberta and possibly an announcement of support for Bombardier, the Quebec-based aerospace manufacturer facing tough times?

3. Aboriginal spending: Indigenous affairs are priority issues for the new government, but will investments match the rhetoric? Is the benchmark for spending the Paul Martin-driven Kelowna Accord from 2005?

4. How the money gets spent: As Susan Delacourt has said, the federal cabinet’s mandate letters told the public what the money will be spent on—but the budget will tell us how it will be spent.

Morneau’s budget marks the true start of the Trudeau governing years.


Rapid-Fire Politics: What to expect in Bill Morneau’s first budget

  1. Evan, please come back to Power and Politics! It has never been the same since you left. It used to be my favorite show to watch, I still like it, but you were the best host ever.

  2. The Conservatives spent $12.9 BILLION on security that saw 2 Canadians killed by terrorists in 2014.
    What should a Liberal government spend to save the 78,000 Canadians that will be killed by cancer, 48,000 who will be killed by heart disease or 8,000 who will be killed by diabetes complications this year?
    Canadians need their federal government to declare ‘war’ on these diseases and fund a cure for them.
    A Ted Falk bill before the house ‘The Fairness in Charitable Gifts Act’ will give 100% income tax relief for any charitable gift. It IS the right thing to do.

  3. “Will there be more help for Alberta” … really? That’s the big question. Forget the $500M instant cash sent out to staunch the tears. Alberta’s unemployment moves slightly above the national average for the first time in many years and it’s all-out panic. What about some of the provinces with much more pain and bringing up the top of unemployment stats – long ignored by the previous government? If the goal of spending is to stimulate the economy, what about bringing back the 300,000 manufacturing jobs trashed in Ontario and Quebec?

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