The Liberal government has given Status of Women Canada a major role to play in its feminist agenda and, now that the federal agency is set to grow into a full-size department, it could also be changing its name.
“It was your Liberals that pressed the start button and have caused immeasurable pain by ignoring the problems,” wrote Tony Clement on Twitter, defending his role in handling the federal government's dysfunctional Phoenix pay system.
All of the new spending will result in an annual deficit of $18.1 billion for 2018/2019, and ongoing deficits that would continue over the next few years, going down to $12.3 billion by 2022/2023. These totals are lower than deficits that were projected by the Trudeau government in last year's budget.
The new investments — poured into a variety of healthcare, housing, self-governance, employment, family and child services programs — would bring Ottawa’s total investments for Indigenous programs and services to more than $16.8 billion over seven years.
The Trudeau government shifted environmental gears Tuesday, putting a greater emphasis on conservation efforts, but shying away from major new financial commitments for decarbonization and climate change initiatives.