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Morneau says environment, protecting economy to be key focus of 2020 budget

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 10:55 am PDT

FILE - Federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks during a press conference following meetings with provincial and territorial finance ministers in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Ottawa is delaying changes in the way employee stock options are taxed that were announced in the spring budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Summary

Morneau says health and safety issues, such as gun control, are also themes in his spending plan

Morneau says the budget will ensure federal finances are prepared for any issues the government can't predict

TORONTO — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the environment will be an important focus of his upcoming federal budget.

Morneau is in his downtown Toronto riding today to kick off consultations on what could be part of the financial blueprint to be released by spring.

Speaking to a group of students at Ryerson University, Morneau says health and safety issues, such as gun control, are also themes in his spending plan.

He is also making clear the budget will take into account issues beyond Canada’s borders, like trade wars that can send ripples through the domestic economy.

Morneau says the budget will ensure federal finances are prepared for any issues the government can’t predict.

The Liberals will need the help of opposition parties to pass the budget, since the government lost its majority in the House of Commons in the 2019 federal election.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2020.

The Canadian Press