EDITORIAL: Freeland plans a budget — next year

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The Trudeau government is great at having plans to make plans. Unfortunately, it’s not very good at telling us what its plans are. By the time Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivers a federal budget next spring, it will be two years after the last one, during a period of unprecedented government spending because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Giroux’s office released two reports critical of the government’s failure to disclose detailed financial data — as opposed to gross spending — that his office and Parliament need to monitor spending effectively. One report said it failed to properly disclose information about $72.4 billion of spending, most of it pandemic-related, “making it more challenging for parliamentarians to perform their critical role in overseeing government spending and holding it to account.

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