Americans are bracing for their first government shutdown in 17 years all thanks to political wrangling over Obamacare.
If Congress can't reach a deal on a temporary budget bill by midnight tonight, funding for all non-essential federal services will cease and 800,000 federal employees won't be paid.
Some experts suggest the shutdown could mean a multi-billion dollar hit to the U.S. economy. If that's the case, maybe Canada — whose economy is so closely tied to the United States' — should be bracing themselves as well.
The impasse, and its potential implications for Canada, have driven the Conservatives and the NDP into the unusual move of commenting on an American political situation.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released this statement:
Read More »from New Democrats, Conservatives weigh-in on U.S. government shutdownIt is my hope that Congress and the White House come to a resolution regarding the current spending and debt limit impasse, and that they will also develop a plan that will put the