Tuesday, February 20

Federal budget to be delivered on April 7

The budget is expected to have billions of dollars in housing-related measures

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OTTAWA — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland plans to deliver this year’s federal budget next week.

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The Liberals may have extra spending room to absorb some of the new programs with the economy rebounding faster than anticipated, along with higher oil prices and inflation rates that are expected to pad the government’s bottom line.

The spending plan will be the first since September’s federal election that saw the Liberals returned with their second minority mandate.

“Our government was re-elected on a commitment to grow our economy, make life more affordable, and to continue building a Canada where nobody gets left behind,” Freeland told the House on Tuesday.

“That is exactly what we are doing, and that is what we’re going to continue to do in the budget.”