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Can Canada afford all the pandemic relief spending?

Though the economy is rebounding, many Canadians still remain out of work — and are relying on government support — thanks to the pandemic. But those coronavirus-related aid packages have come at a cost. 

Plus, former Green Party leader Elizabeth May will take listeners' calls

On Wednesday, the House of Commons unanimously passed legislation authorizing new benefits for workers left jobless or underemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (epridnia - stock.adobe.com)

If COVID-19 has turned your finances upside down, you're not alone.

Though the economy is rebounding, many Canadians remain out of work — and are relying on government support — thanks to the pandemic.

Those coronavirus-related aid packages have come at a cost. Canada is on track for a $328 billion deficit this year.

Our question: Can Canada afford all the pandemic relief spending? Can we afford not to?

Plus, former Green Party leader Elizabeth May joins us to take your calls in our Ask Me Anything series.

 

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