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Global National: April 19, 2021 | Canada pledges nearly $50B in spending in new budget

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Chrystia Freeland delivered her first budget as finance minister on Monday and it included some big-ticket items. Spending in the budget document is nearly $50 billion and the federal deficit is expected to be about $354 billion. That will push the national debt past the $1 trillion mark for the first time. Global News’ David Akin has an overview of the government’s ambitious spending plan.

There have been multiple calls for a national childcare program that would be affordable, accessible and high-quality. Experts believe such a program is crucial to getting women back into the workforce. As Abigail Bimman reports, Chrystia Freeland thinks she is the finance minister who can deliver it.

Dawna Friesen speaks with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland about the $354 billion deficit. Freeland said the size of the deficit is “serious,” but said it is necessary to help Canada recover from the pandemic.

As part of Canada's post-pandemic economic recovery, the new federal budget proposes investing hundreds of millions on climate action – from clean technology to environmental protections. But, does that mean Canada's oil patch is being left out to dry? Eric Sorensen explains.

The Trudeau government has made sweeping new promises in the 2021 federal budget. But what could it mean for a potential federal election this year? Mercedes Stephenson looks at whether it is setting the stage for Canadians to head back to the polls.

Moving to the coronavirus pandemic: Despite earlier concerns of blood clots linked to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, Health Canada now says the risk is very low, compared to the vaccine's benefits. That has prompted several provinces to start offering the vaccines to Canadians younger than 55. Heather Yourex-West has the latest.

On Monday, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter finally made its historic flight off the surface of Mars. Mike Drolet looks at what the small drone's feat means for humanity's big ambitions on the red planet.

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