CTV NEWS Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme Leads Live FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 Special, Tomorrow (March 22) on CTV and CTV News Channel

— March 21, 2017

– CTV News’ top team of reporters and experts join LaFlamme in live super-simulcast Federal Budget coverage –
– BNN delivers special budget coverage for the business community and investors –
– Also watch live federal budget coverage on CTVNews.ca and BNN.ca –

TORONTO (March 21, 2017) – On Wednesday, March 22, CTV News presents the country’s most comprehensive federal budget coverage and analysis with FEDERAL BUDGET 2017. Kicking off at 4 p.m. ET, CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme helms the national super-simulcast broadcast, airing live on CTV and CTV News Channel, and live streaming to everyone on CTVNews.ca and CTV News GO. From budget deficits and the Liberal government’s proposed focus on workers’ “skills and innovation”, to infrastructure spending and how U.S. President Trump’s mandates may impact Canada, FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 tables all the issues. Joining LaFlamme in Toronto is CTV News’ Chief Financial Commentator Patricia Lovett-Reid, with CTV News Senior Political Correspondent Glen McGregor from Ottawa. In addition, CTV News Ottawa Bureau Chief Joyce Napier and POWER PLAY host Don Martin report live from the foyer at Parliament Hill, along with CTV News Correspondent Mercedes Stephenson. Tapping into CTV News’ top team of reporters from coast to coast, FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 drills down into how the budget affects Canadians across the country, with live reports and commentary from CTV Halifax’s Senior Anchor and Executive News Editor Steve Murphy; CTV Montreal Anchor Paul Karwatsky; CTV Toronto’s Ontario Legislature Bureau Chief Paul Bliss; Tara Nelson, Anchor and Executive Editor, CTV Calgary; CTV Vancouver Anchor Mike Killeen; and CTV News Washington Bureau Chief Joy Malbon, who reports live from Washington. FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 also features a slate of expert guest commentators, providing insight into the issues tabled in the budget, including Matti Siemiatycki, Infrastructure Specialist / Associate Professor of Urban Planning, University of Toronto; Don Tapscott, co-author of Blockchain Revolution and leading authority on innovation economy; Tim Cestnick, Tax Expert, Author, Founder of WaterStreet Family Offices; and Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada. POWER PLAY Immediately following FEDERAL BUDGET 2017, full budget coverage continues on POWER PLAY with Don Martin. CTV News Channel’s marquee political program begins at 5 p.m. ET, delivering interviews with Finance Minister Morneau and all the opposition leaders. Also joining Martin are some of the country’s key financial commentators to provide their analysis on what Budget 2017 holds for Canadians. CTVNews.ca Canadians can head to CTVNews.ca to read advance analysis of what is known so far about Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal plan for 2017. As it is unveiled, CTVNews.ca live streams FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 in its entirety. CTVNews.ca will also be in the lockup on March 22, poised to deliver comprehensive coverage on the budget, along with reaction from Parliament Hill after it is tabled. Additionally, CTVNews.ca deconstructs the budget, providing expert analysis on what the new fiscal plan will mean for Canadian families. Canadians are invited to follow along as the site delivers dedicated coverage on all relevant social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. BNN Beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET, BNN delivers FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 special hosted by Michael Hainsworth, joined by a panel of top industry specialists to analyze the budget. Included on the panel are Mark McQueen, CEO of Wellington Financial, and Jack Mintz, Director of The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. BNN’s Greg Bonnell is on the ground in Ottawa reporting on the budget’s details and getting reaction from Parliament Hill.  At 5 p.m. ET, BNN serves up the half-hour special FEDERAL BUDGET REVIEW hosted by BNN’s Jon Erlichman, exploring the contents of the latest federal budget and what it means for Canadians and the economy. Erlichman is joined by expert guests, delivering a recap of reaction from Canadian newsmakers. Rounding out BNN’s special federal budget coverage is a special edition of MARKET CALL TONIGHT. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, viewers are invited to call in and speak with host Catherine Murray and a panel of experts to discuss market implications, investment strategy, tax strategy, and also the outlook for the Canadian economy.

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