Justin Trudeau makes major election spending promises, without costing it

In Quebec on August 16, Justin Trudeau announced that a re-elected Liberal government will extend and introduce new emergency spending supports for businesses including tourism, the arts and culture.

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The announcement includes extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program to March 31, 2022, and launching an Arts and Culture Recovery Program that would “match ticket sales for performing arts, live theatres, and other cultural venues to compensate for reduced capacity”.

The majority of these programs are largely tailored to benefit the arts, culture, and media sectors. It is unclear what programs would support hard-hit sectors during the pandemic like energy, food services, and other small businesses. 

In the announcement today, Justin Trudeau also did not say or allude to how much these extended and new programs would cost.

Similarly, the Conservative platform also did not state the cost of proposed policies.

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