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Most Canadians think privatizing airports is a bad idea: poll

Apr 26 2017 — Bill Curry — Canadians aren’t sold on airport privatization, according to a new poll that found most people think it’s a bad idea. The federal Liberals continue to study options for privatizing Canada’s largest airports, based on the advice of two government panels that urged Ottawa to consider the idea as a way to raise billions in revenue […]

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‘Canadians were not impressed’ by federal budget: survey

Apr 17 2017 — Bill Curry — Most Canadians are giving the Liberal government’s second budget a thumbs down, according to a new survey for The Globe and Mail by Nanos Research. Canadians are also expressing a strong desire for Ottawa to lay out a plan for eliminating the deficit after the budget made no mention of when the federal books will […]

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Senate blocks Liberals’ plan to repeal ‘anti-union’ law

Apr 15 2017 — Bill Curry — In one of its first acts after winning the 2015 federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government moved to reverse two Conservative laws that Canada’s labour leaders viewed as an attack on unions. When the House of Commons passed the legislation last fall, Mr. Trudeau boasted of this accomplishment to a large and appreciative gathering […]

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Bill raises doubts about independence of infrastructure bank

Apr 13 2017 — Bill Curry — New legislation creating the Canada Infrastructure Bank will hand power over some of the bank’s decisions to the federal cabinet, raising the issue of how independent it actually will be. C-44, an omnibus budget bill that Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled this week, outlines how the government will appoint a board of directors for the […]

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Kevin Page slams Liberal government’s proposed changes to PBO

Apr 12 2017 — Bill Curry — Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, is expressing strong objections to the Liberal government’s plans to rewrite the rules governing the spending watchdog. Buried inside a controversial 308-page budget bill tabled Tuesday are changes to the Parliament of Canada Act that would make the PBO position an independent officer of Parliament, rather than a […]

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Trump’s NAFTA plans are more than a tweak, Mulroney says

Apr 6 2017 — Bill Curry — Brian Mulroney says U.S. plans to renegotiate the North American free trade agreement are shaping up to be more than a tweak. The former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister made the comments after briefing the Liberal cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations on Parliament Hill. Canadian officials were elated in February when, after meeting with Prime Minister […]

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No plans for airport sales in Liberals’ federal budget

Mar 21 2017 — Bill Curry — Wednesday’s federal Liberal budget won’t announce plans to sell off Canada’s major airports, even though such a move could raise billions in one-time revenue for a government that has little room left for new spending. The Globe and Mail has learned that, while the the issue of airport privatization will continue to be debated inside […]

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Federal budget expected to flesh out infrastructure bank plans

Mar 20 2017 — Bill Curry — This week’s federal budget is expected to include new details on the government’s planned Canada Infrastructure Bank as debate heats up over the merits of Ottawa’s efforts to attract billions in private capital. Two reports to be released Monday outline conflicting visions of what the bank will mean for Canadians. TD Bank economists say it […]

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World should follow Canada’s tax-the-rich plan, Morneau tells G20

Mar 16 2017 — Bill Curry — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is calling on G20 leaders to ensure that the benefits of economic growth don’t just flow to the rich, pointing to Canadian efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy as an example for the world to follow. Speaking in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday where finance ministers and central bankers are gathered for […]

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Liberals’ new parliamentary reform plan angers Tories, NDP

Mar 10 2017 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government is proposing major changes to the way Parliament functions, including limiting the delay powers of opposition MPs, allowing electronic voting and ending Friday sittings. Government House leader Bardish Chagger released the proposals in a discussion paper Friday afternoon as MPs headed home for a break week, arguing that it is time to […]

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Liberals to table second budget March 22 with focus on skills training

Mar 7 2017 — Bill Curry — Finance Minister Bill Morneau will table his Liberal government’s second budget on March 22, a document that sources say will include a heavy focus on skills training in response to a rapidly-changing workforce. With little room left for new spending, the 2017 budget is expected to be a stay-the-course document that will provide new detail […]

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Majority of Canadians okay with Liberal deficits: survey

Mar 6 2017 — Bill Curry — A majority of Canadians are supportive of the Liberal government’s approach to running deficits, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has faced months of criticism from Conservatives for abandoning a promise to balance the books. A new survey by Nanos Research for the Globe and Mail found 52 per cent of those surveyed supported the […]