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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 […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers a speech, Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Montreal. Paul Chiasson/CP

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 […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: AJW503

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 […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: AJW503

Morneau’s budget will be based on two-month-old survey in spite of recent, rosier economic data

Mar 2 2017 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government’s 2017 budget will be based on a two-month-old survey of private-sector economists in spite of increasing signs lately that the Canadian economy is doing better than expected. Federal budget forecasts are based on a survey of economists that is usually conducted about a month ahead of time. However, Finance Minister Bill Morneau […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: AJW503

Ottawa urged to go public with planned changes to tax credits

Feb 27 2017 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government’s plan to eliminate some tax credits in the 2017 budget faced private criticism from Canadian accountants for being too secretive. Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail show Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s department was urged by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the national voice of accountants, to make the government’s plans […]

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Charter will protect Canadians at U.S. border preclearance, Trudeau says

Feb 22 2017 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a government bill that expands the use of preclearance at the Canada-U.S. border, arguing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will protect Canadians who are screened by American officials. The legislation, Bill C-23, implements a 2015 border deal signed between then-prime-minister Stephen Harper and then-president Barack Obama. The […]

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Trudeau lays wreath at Berlin Holocaust memorial

Feb 17 2017 — Bill Curry — Justin Trudeau took a moment Friday morning to tour Berlin’s National Holocaust Memorial, where he laid a wreath and then took a short walk in the rain among the sombre monument’s grey pillars. Later in the day, he is scheduled to visit the site of December’s deadly terrorist attack in the capital’s Christmas market. Less […]

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Free-trade pacts may be doomed unless CETA works, Trudeau warns EU

Feb 16 2017 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union Thursday for approving the long-discussed free trade deal with Canada, but warned the agreement is at risk of becoming the world’s last major trade pact. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Mr. Trudeau argued that the pressure is now on both sides to show that […]