The federal Liberal government's fourth budget will include measures to help Canadians cover their bills if they choose to head back to school to boost their skills or change careers, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
The improved economy is expected to give the Trudeau government more fiscal room than anticipated in next week's pre-election budget — but a wobbly economic finish to 2018 means conditions could look much different as the October vote approaches.
The head of SNC-Lavalin told the Canadian government it had to change its anti-corruption rules "as expeditiously as possible" in a 2017 letter to the minister in charge of procurement, just as her department was helping oversee public consultations on lighter punishments for corporate misconduct.
The federal Justice Department gave the go-ahead on Friday, March 1, 2019, for an extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, marking the formal start of the high-profile process that has put Canada in a deeply uncomfortable position between two superpowers.
From studies on northern transportation systems, to helping protect whales from toxins, to window washing — SNC-Lavalin has extensive federal ties amounting to tens of millions of dollars in contracts, big and small.
Two policy moves that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin came out of public consultations on federal anti-corruption measures that a newly disclosed memo says were ordered by the Prime Minister's Office.
In the lead up to his pre-election budget, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been alerted by his department that Canadians' heavy debts have made abrupt shocks to incomes, house prices or interest rates a "significant concern," according to internal documents.