Smile, you're deeper in debt! Photo via The Canadian Press
As you may have noticed today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his first budget. And he did it all by himself!
The new spending document is an abrupt break from a decade of wait-till-your-birthday funding commitments from Prime Minister Stephen 'Money-Doesn't-Grow-on-Trees' Harper.
In what may be my least snarky sentence written ever: This budget includes billions of dollars in new funding to improve education, infrastructure, and access to water for Canada's Indigenous people, including money to promote Aboriginal culture and languages. That is very good. There's really nothing at all negative to say about that.
Moving on, there are lots of things that will lead to kicking and screaming. The deficit is $30-goddamn-billion-frigging-dollars—prepare to hear Conservatives, somewhat rightly, telling you that Trudeau has just "mortgaged your future" — and that's going to come back to bite us in terms of tens of billions of dollars in debt service payments for the next decade or so.
But apart from the top-line items, here are a few funding announcements—all pro-rated to just what will be spent in 2016—you might've missed in the budget brouhaha.