Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will work Wednesday to sell his Liberal government’s newly delivered maiden budget.
Trudeau will kick off the promotional blitz this morning with interviews on radio and T-V, while his cabinet ministers will fan out across the country to highlight various aspects of the big-spending budget.
The country will be plunged deep into red ink as the government pours billions into infrastructure, a new child-care benefit, and improving the lot of Indigenous Peoples and military veterans
Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison was wearing a smile as he reacted to the federal budget.
The budget includes 120-billion dollars of infrastructure investment over the next decade but 11.9-billion over the next 5 years. A small part of that will come towards Saskatoon.
Looking at the breakdown, Atchison says part of that going to housing is what makes him the most happy.
He adds it also provides opportunity for extra dollars because the previous government’s P3 Canada is still giving dollars to the city and the Liberal government has another program now for major projects.
Regina Conservative MP Andrew Scheer says the first budget by Bill Morneau and the Liberals is one which shows no clear plan to get unemployed Canadians back to work.
The federal budget introduced by the Liberal government announced more than 38 million dollars over two years to strengthen and modernize Canada’s food safety system.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will receive the money to bolster inspections for the highest-risk domestic and imported foods.
There will also be money to improve Agriculture Canada and C-F-I-A research stations in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
However, the agriculture industry might have been expecting some things that didn’t materialize, including details of compensation for the dairy industry over concessions made in the CETA trade deal between Europe and Canada.
Bellegarde calls the move a “significant first step” to address decades of underfunding and neglect