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PM sticks to tax plans despite better economy

OTTAWA—The Liberal government will go ahead with controversial tax reforms despite clear new evidence the economy is rebounding, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

The Finance Department said the federal government ran a smaller deficit than the $23 billion that was forecast in the spring budget, ending the 2016-17 fiscal year with an actual deficit of $17.8 billion.

Liberals prepared to curtail debate

OTTAWA—The Liberal government is heading into the second half of its mandate with a number of big legislative priorities it is eager to move through Parliament.

And the Liberals are ready to curtail debate if they think the opposition parties are dragging their feet—especially since the will of the increasingly-independent Senate is becoming harder to predict.