The minority Liberal government will present a “snapshot” of the state of Canada’s economy on July 8, but it won’t be a traditional fiscal and economic update that provides projections for the years ahead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.
Rather, the upcoming “snapshot” will provide a sense of the government’s fiscal expectations for the weeks and months ahead, as well as the scale of Canada’s coronavirus response so far. It will also show how that response compares to other countries, the prime minister said during his daily news conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.
The federal government had been set to table its 2020 budget in late March, but postponed its release as it moved to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada.
Trudeau also addressed Canada’s bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council and was asked by a journalist on Wednesday whether he believed a defeat would be a personal failing for him, but did not answer. Instead, he characterized the bid for a seat as “just an extra way” for Canada to make its voice heard on the world stage.
“A seat on the United Nations Security Council is not an end in itself. It’s a means to an end.”
Canada will learn either Wednesday or Thursday afternoon whether Trudeau’s multi-year push for one of the two Security Council seats available in the Western Europe and others category is a success.
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