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Do you think you'll benefit from the Liberal budget?

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled a budget that forecasts big deficits over the next five years and beyond to finance a new tax-free monthly child benefit, more money for First Nations, infrastructure spending and extended employment insurance benefits to hard-hit regions. Do you think you'll benefit from these and other programs in the budget?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with Minister of Finance Bill Morneau as he arrives to table the budget on Parliament Hill on Tuesday. Does the budget have anything for you? (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled a budget that forecasts big deficits over the next five years and beyond to finance a new tax-free monthly child benefit, more money for First Nations, infrastructure spending and extended employment insurance benefits to hard-hit regions.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau called the plan "reasonable and affordable," despite a projected $29.4-billion deficit – with more red ink to come.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, however, called the spending "reckless." 

"This is a bad day for the taxpayers of Canada," Ambrose said. "What we're seeing now is reckless spending without a job creation plan and no actual plan in the budget to return to a balance."

Do you think you'll benefit from this Liberal government's first budget? Here's how the conversation went: 

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