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To paint a rosy portrait of the Liberals’ federal budget, Morneau will have to get crafty Add to ...

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Bill Morneau is the artist asked to paint a picture without much paint. He is the Liberal finance minister without much latitude for spending.

In this past year’s budget, there were broad brushstrokes and bright colours. The economy was sliding, but still, the bold choice was even bigger deficits, a Canada Child Benefit, a big infrastructure program, “historic investments” in First Nations, and the hope of improving economic growth.

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