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Ottawa enacts measured, well-targeted response to coronavirus downturn

The Trudeau government announced temporary increases to the GST credit and Canada Child Benefit.

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A GAI would likely require large-scale lay-offs of bureaucrats to achieve substantial administrative savings—a move that would obviously face strong internal political opposition.

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Prime Minister Trudeau's letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau lists 27 priorities—we offer a quick reaction to 13 of these priorities.

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In the 1990s and early 2000s, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Finance Minister Paul Martin cut federal government spending as a per cent of GDP and raised the employment insurance threshold to between 12 and 20 weeks.

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There is nothing like an election to bring out the optimistic side in people—and some mythmaking. In Quebec, recent attention focused on Premier Pauline Marois and her musings that if her party wins the provincial election, and if separation one day occurs, that Quebec would keep the Canadian dollar, seek a seat on the Bank of Canada, and that Quebecois might have dual citizenship.