Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Federal budget includes $18 billion deficit

Federal budget includes $18 billion deficit

While the budget contains some positive news in terms of spending for Canada's veterans, it's one area in which the public will tell you a government can do more. The money begins to pop up again in the 2019-20 year, when the government projects a net C$1.4 billion in additional infrastructure spending across three different programs that the budget splits apart.

University leaders, researchers and students applauded the announcement, which includes almost $1.7 billion in new money over five years for Canada's research granting councils, along with $763 million for the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Morneau's budget was an opportunity to convince them that Canada remains a desirable place to invest.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will each receive Can$354.7 million, while the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will get Can$215.5 million.

"The Government of Canada has charted a multi-year roadmap for strengthening the foundations of fundamental research, as the Naylor report recommended", Crago said. "We think that Canada's wildlife would also applaud". More than $546 million over five years will be spent to implement and enforce the new federal legislative and regulatory framework with $150 million over six years to train and equip law enforcement to better detect and deter drug-impaired driving.

"This is a stay-the-course budget, " Baker said. "They really could have done that", she said.

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As the Official Opposition, it is our job to illustrate the concerns we have with the budget.

Another 1.2 billion dollars would be applied over five years to provide five weeks of paid parental leave for fathers, and non-birth partners, including same-sex partners. "There is absolutely nothing in this budget for those women". Some of it is good news. "Rather, it's an investment for Canada that undoes some of the previous neglect".

The budget is also expected to devote big money to tackle the acute housing shortage in Indigenous communities, where homes are often overcrowded and in serious need of repairs. But, "there's still room to go".

That said, I must give credit where credit is due.

After years of study and clear evidence that pharmacare would both save lives and billions of dollars, we are disappointed that the government made a decision to pursue consultations rather than taking immediate action to implement pharmacare.

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The budget contains a host of social planning initiatives all supposedly created to attain gender equality. "We're not doing that right now", she said.

We will be providing more commentary in the coming days. "I think the community came together in a really awesome way". When it came to legalizing marijuana, the Liberals made a commitment to do so by July 1st of 2018.

- $75 million over five years, with $11.8 million a year afterward, to bolster Canada's trade ties with China and Asia. SSHRC will administer this new fund, pegged at $275 million over five years, and then $65 million a year thereafter.

On Thursday, Trudeau acknowledged the rise in online sales but repeated his government's position that imposing the sales tax on foreign digital platforms would amount to a tax on middle-class Canadians.

Addressing gender-based violence on campus: Up to $5.5 million over five years to Status of Women Canada to work with stakeholders, including provinces and territories, towards a national framework to ensure consistent, comprehensive and sustainable approaches to addressing gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions.

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Still, the Liberal government has not yet specified what kind of federal funding it has in mind.

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