Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds after having delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal budget bill passes Senate, becoming law despite Conservative opposition

The federal budget has become law after passing third reading in the Senate without amendments this evening.

The Liberal government revealed its fiscal plan in late March, promising to create a national dental care program and spend billions on clean energy incentives.

The budget gives lower-income people a larger GST rebate, dubbed a grocery rebate by the government, and enhances the Canada workers benefit.

The bill passed the House of Commons earlier this month with the support of the NDP.

The Conservatives tried to introduce 900 amendments during that debate, calling instead for a plan to balance the budget.

The Liberals’ fiscal projections do not show an end to deficit spending in the next several years.