Liberal government's 2017 budget leaves Nunavut waiting for details


Budget 2017 also includes $300 million over 10 years for the development of Canadian talent and support of entrepreneurialism in the arts and culture through investment in the newly announced Canada Cultural Spaces Funds for the construction, renovation and equipment needs of creative hubs.

"The finance minister saying that defence has enough and is living within it means, that seems to indicate that defence is going to have the exact same budget line it does now", said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. It helps hard-working, talented and creative people develop the skills they need to drive our most successful industries and high-growth companies forward, and invests in Canadians' well-being through a focus on mental health, home care and Indigenous health care.

The Trudeau government will unveil a federal budget today that's expected to be heavy on policy and light on spending.

That is on top of last year's budget commitment to fund "low-cost loans and new financing tools to encourage municipalities, housing developers and non-profit housing providers to develop more affordable rental housing units".

The 71-year-old Canada Savings Bonds program, long synonymous with painless, low-interest savings for risk-averse adults and gift-giving grandparents, is also being phased out. The budget proposes to invest $11 billion to build and fix affordable housing as part of a new National Housing Strategy, including $5 billion to help house seniors, indigenous peoples, those fleeing domestic violence, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addictions, and veterans. The deficit for this year will be $23-billion, slightly higher than what was expected in the Fall Economic Statement.

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The future is coming at you, fast, and the Liberal government says it knows you're getting anxious - and potentially angry. "But unfortunately the Liberals are using that clean house for a big party, like a teenager who gets the keys to the house for a Friday because their parents are gone", Deltell said.

The budget forecasts a deficit for the coming year of $28.5 billion, up $3 billion from what was projected last fall and almost three times the $10 billion limit the Liberals promised in their campaign.

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For 2017-18, Ottawa will spend just over $1 billion on its innovation agenda, a relative drop in the bucket considering the overall expenditures of the federal government next year will total $330 billion.

With the government spending more than $186-billion on infrastructure, the Senate and the Parliamentary Budget Officer raised major questions that have been left unanswered.

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In addition, Marine Atlantic will receive $445.3-million in funding over three years on a cash basis. It wasn't looking to be a nice budget for Canadian savers.

The Liberals are also tweaking how much of the bill it will cover for municipal projects under the second phase of its infrastructure plan in order to nudge provinces to pony up more money for work and to prod cities to consider using the bank for projects that could generate revenue, like transit systems.

The dress shoes, black with laces, were designed by the two Canadian sisters behind Poppy Barley, an Edmonton company that says its shoes are hand-crafted by fairly paid artisans in Mexico. This budget provides $950 million to support organizations, like Communitech in our region, who are innovation leaders.

"If we have a skills gap ... do we have the data to tell us whether or not we are actually closing the right skills gaps and investing in the right areas", she said.

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