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Canada’s Freeland Faces Big Spending Demands and Darker Economic Outlook

  • Matching US subsidies, repairing healthcare won’t come cheap
  • Minister says she faces tough choices ahead of 2023 budget
Chrystia Freeland 

Chrystia Freeland 

Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s finance minister is facing significant pressure to spend more on clean-energy subsidies and health care, even as a possible recession looms. 

Chrystia Freeland, speaking Tuesday at a cabinet retreat ahead of parliament’s return next week, said she’ll “continue to take a fiscally prudent approach” as the government prepares its budget for the fiscal year that begins April 1.