‘This is not your run-of-the-mill federal budget’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government presented its first budget in more than two years this week. It's a plan that includes more than $101 billion in new spending over the next three years aimed at getting Canadians out of the third wave of COVID-19, as well as kicking off a post-pandemic recovery.

But Sean Speer, fellow in residence at the Public Policy Forum, says "this is not your run-of-the-mill federal budget." On this episode of Crisis Management, Speer explains that the budget may represent a new framework for governance and policymaking in Canada, one that goes beyond the short-term response to the extraordinary crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Speer argues that the budget shows there is a new way of thinking when it comes to policy, represented by the Trudeau government, that is less concerned about spending, deficits and the size of government.