The prime minister is making the rounds, pledging money for various public transportation projects.
For the 45 research projects approved, almost $100 million had been committed but not necessarily spent.
After the COVID crisis has passed, Ottawa should find ways to encourage private-sector investment and hiring.
Ottawa will spend up to $27 billion supporting individual Canadians and businesses.
The PBO projects a cumulative federal deficit of $85.6 billion over the next five years.
Conditional grants give the federal government greater sway over projects across Canada.
More than 56 per cent of the nearly $100 billion is for so-called “green” and “social” infrastructure.