On April 19, 2021, Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland tabled the first federal budget in two-years. The budget was by far the longest in Canadian history at 739 pages. See https://www.budget.gc.ca/
As expected, the budget was far-reaching in support to Canadians, communities and businesses. The budget themes were “finishing the fight against COVID,” “healing the economic wounds left by the COVID recession,” and “creating more jobs and prosperity.”
Official Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole said that this was an “election budget” and that it does not present a serious plan for economic recovery or for supporting workers and businesses. The Conservative Party announced that it will propose amendments to the budget, and the Conservative Caucus is expected to vote against the budget.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has already indicated that his party will vote in favour of the budget, but also took the opportunity to continue his call for a wealth tax.
Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet called again for increasing the Canada Health Transfer to the provinces/territories.
Click on the button below to read the CPRA briefing note on the 2021 Federal Budget.