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Major Canadian spending on coronavirus is limited and temporary: finance minister

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks in parliament during Question Period in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

OTTAWA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Canada will continue spending heavily to combat a coronavirus epidemic but the government’s response is limited and temporary, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday.

Freeland made her remarks to a Toronto economic forum after analysts and opposition politicians questioned the fiscal consequences of spending more than C$200 billion in aid programs and racking up the biggest budget deficits in 75 years.

A copy of her speech was made available to Reuters.

Reporting by David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer; Reuters Ottawa bureau; 647 480 7891; david.ljunggren@tr.com

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