Canada’s deficit will be unsustainable in 1-2 years: Parliamentary Budget Officer

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says that the deficit will soon become unsustainable if the Trudeau government continues its current spending levels. On Sunday, Giroux warned that any new spending commitments without a plan to decrease the deficit might spell fiscal disaster. “It’s without a doubt that we cannot afford deficits of over $300 billion for more than just a few years. And when I say a few years, I really mean a year or two. Beyond that, it would become unsustainable,” he said. “So if the government has…

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Canada’s Top Cop Says Criminalizing Drugs Doesn’t Work, But He’ll Keep Doing it Anyway

Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says even if criminalizing drugs is ineffective, decriminalizing them isn’t the solution either. While Blair said in an interview Tuesday that “we don’t want to see people prosecuted for simple possession of drugs.” But when asked why his government has resisted calls to just eliminate the criminal prohibitions on those drugs, Blair responded: “I disagree with your characterisation of ‘resistance.’” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shot down calls to decriminalize drugs in the face of an opioid poisoning epidemic that continues to kill thousands. Blair,…

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Canada’s current deficit level will be ‘unsustainable’ within 1 to 2 years: PBO – National

The federal government has no more than one or two years to rein in the hundreds of billions of dollars in deficits it is wracking up through coronavirus spending, or risk the debt being “unsustainable.” That’s according to parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux, who spoke with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson about the federal government’s spending ahead of a throne speech on Sept. 23, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said will pitch “ambitious” new programs. “It’s without a doubt that we cannot afford deficits of over $300 billion for…

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Health Canada’s COVID-19 contact tracing app goes live

Canadians can now begin downloading a voluntary smartphone app meant to warn users they’ve been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he downloaded the “COVID Alert” app this morning and says the more people who sign up to use it, the better it will be able to trace and help to slow  the spread of the novel coronavirus. “Health experts say that if enough people sign up, this app can help prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19 in Canada,” Trudeau said Friday in Ottawa during…

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Coronavirus in Canada: How will we know we’re in a second wave?

Since the start of the pandemic, Canadian officials have continuously used the threat of a “second wave” of COVID-19 infections in order to remind people to adhere to public health guidelines. The term second wave has been used repeatedly by politicians, economists, and medical experts alike to warn the public of the threat of a resurgence in cases if they’re not careful. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam have repeatedly cautioned Canadians about an impending second wave with Tam suggesting there was the…

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