Canada’s budget may be delayed by Conservatives protesting SNC
|Toronto Star 19 Mar 2019 at 12:47|
Canada’s federal budget may be delayed for at least half an hour as the Conservative opposition seeks to use a procedural motion to protest the government’s handling of a scandal involving SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
The Conservatives are protesting a move by majority Liberals on a justice committee to end an investigation into the SNC affair. Liberals have said there has been ample time for the committee to hear testimony.
The budget — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s last before Canada’s next election — comes as the Liberal government has been roiled by a scandal involving SNC-Lavalin that has seen four high profile resignations.
The budget is not expected to dramatically change the country’s fiscal course. Trudeau is expected to use a revenue windfall to increase spending on social programs — and the deficit — as the economy starts to wobble.