ChrystiFreeland is not short of advice as she prepares her first budget as finance minister

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland received advice from all sides: the 145 recommendations from the Municipal Finance Committee, solid support received from Canada this week from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the input it received during its pre-budget consultations.

But it all comes down to this: pay now … and pay later.

At least that’s the sentiment expressed by three members of the councils finance committee who took part in a panel discussion airing Saturday on CBC’s The House.

“I think we have no choice but to spend and basically target spending in areas that are sure to make a …

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