After releasing two budgets announcing billions for infrastructure and social programs over the next decade, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to release a budget today that is expected to light on big new spending.
Measures to support scientific research and gender equity aimed at getting more women in the work force are expected to be the two new themes of the budget, but small business owners will be watching with interest to see how the federal Liberals will respond to their concerns over controversial tax changes.
The focus on gender equality could also mean federal dollars to help close the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces.
The budget will also include plans to take the first steps toward a national pharmacare plan – a strategy which would outflank NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has made such a program one of his top priorities.
The federal budget will be handed down at 3 PM Saskatchewan time.