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Ottawa wants billions more for debt, defence, Indigenous kids – Global News

February 20, 2024

Treasury Board President Anita Anand is asking Parliament to approve an extra $8.9 billion in spending in the current fiscal year, which ends March 31.

Most of it is for extra costs associated with finance charges, providing health care for Indigenous children, and for military projects at home and abroad, according to the latest supplementary spending estimates from the federal government.

The single biggest item the government needs more money for is an extra $3.2 billion to service the national debt.

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