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The West Block: March 19, 2023 | Biden visit and budget fears, and what's at stake for Canada?

CA, 19 Mar 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden has met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau many times before, but there’s a unique sense of urgency surrounding Biden’s upcoming official visit to Ottawa. Between increasing military demands and growing economic uncertainty, there’s a lot at stake. "The West Block" host Mercedes Stephenson sat down with Kirsten Hillman, Canadian Ambassador to the United States, to discuss what priorities will likely be top of the agenda.

Plus, Canadians may have had flashbacks to the 2008 financial crisis last week, when it looked like the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank was spreading before Washington stepped in. The bank turmoil adds to the economic uncertainty caused by inflation, rising food and gas prices and high interest rates. Ahead of the federal budget announcement on March 28, Stephenson speaks with Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer and head of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, and Lisa Raitt, former Conservative cabinet minister and vice chair of global investment banking at CIBC, about the state of Canada's economy.

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