CTV’s Chief News Anchor Lisa LaFlamme Leads Live Special FEDERAL BUDGET 2016, March 22 on CTV and CTV News Channel

— March 21, 2016

– Top team of reporters and experts join LaFlamme through CTV NEWS’ live super-simulcast coverage as Federal Budget is unveiled –
– BNN, Canada’s leading business news channel, delivers non-stop coverage tailored to Canada’s business community and investors –
– Special Federal Budget edition of POWER PLAY live from the foyer House of Commons airs immediately following FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 on CTV News Channel –

TORONTO (March 21, 2016) – When the Liberal Government delivers its first Federal Budget since taking office in November 2015, Canadians can turn to CTV News for the most comprehensive live coverage and analysis of what matters most with FEDERAL BUDGET 2016. Anchored by Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, the national super-simulcast broadcast coverage airs Tuesday, March 22, kicking off at 4 p.m. ET, airing live on CTV, CTV News Channel, CTV GO, CTVNews.ca, and CTV News GO. ** MEDIA NOTE ** – Download photos at BellMediaPR.ca. Canadians across the country can rely on FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 to table all of the issues outlined in the Liberals’ maiden fiscal plan, along with in-depth context and analysis on how the new federal budget affects families and businesses across the country. Joining LaFlamme from Toronto is CTV News’ Chief Financial Commentator Pattie Lovett-Reid, along with University of Toronto Associate Professor of Urban Planning Matti Siemiatycki, to address expected infrastructure spending. A full complement from CTV News’ Ottawa Bureau are also on hand throughout FEDERAL BUDGET 2016, with Senior Political Correspondent Glen McGregor, CTV News’ Chief Political Commentator Craig Oliver, and POWER PLAY host Don Martin reporting live from the foyer of the House of Commons and delivering interviews with key political players. In addition, Parliamentary Reporter Mercedes Stephenson is on location in the Rotunda delivering interviews with stakeholders, and Parliamentary Reporter Richard Madan is poised to deliver a comprehensive breakdown of the new federal budget. The special also features a slate of guest commentators, including tax expert Tim Cestnick with an examination of what the Federal Budget means for Canadian families; Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Avery Shenfeld; and Pam Palmater, Mi’kmaq lawyer and activist, with a look at how the budget will affect First Nations. Providing broader scope to how different provinces and regions across the country are affected by the new budget, FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 drills down to the issues that matter most to Canadians where they live by featuring contributions from CTV News reporters in local markets across the country. On hand with commentary and local reaction to the budget are Mike Kileen, Anchor, CTV Vancouver; Tara Nelson,  Anchor and Executive Editor, CTV Calgary; Paul Bliss, Ontario Legislature Bureau Chief, CTV Toronto; Paul Karwatsky, Anchor, CTV Montreal; and Steve Murphy, Senior Anchor and Executive News Editor, CTV Halifax. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET, BNN delivers dedicated budget coverage, featuring anchors Jon Erlichman, Michael Hainsworth, and Amber Kanwar, with BNN reporters filing live from Parliament Hill. In addition, BNN has assembled a panel of top industry specialists across varying disciplines to help viewers navigate the budget, including Carole Taylor, former B.C. Finance Minister; Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer, Riocan REIT; and Jack Mintz, Director of The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Online, Canadians can head to CTVNews.ca to read advance analysis of what is known so far about Finance Minister Morneau’s fiscal plans. As it is unveiled, CTVNews.ca will deliver up-to-the-minute coverage and analysis of Ottawa’s latest budget measures from the lockup, with informative infographics highlighting the budget’s most important features. CTVNews.ca will also livestream FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 in its entirety. Canadians are invited to follow along as CTVNews.ca deconstructs the budget in terms of what it means to Canadian families on Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Snapchat, and Instagram. BNN.ca will live stream FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 as well as a live feed of Minister Morneau’s budget reading from the House of Commons and the BNN Budget special. The coverage includes exclusive stories and videos available now and it will host plenty of post-budget analysis after details are announced. Immediately following FEDERAL BUDGET 2016 at 5 p.m. ET, Don Martin hosts a special Federal Budget edition of POWER PLAY on CTV News Channel. Airing live from the foyer of the House of Commons, POWER PLAY will deliver a post-budget interview with Minister Morneau, along with reaction and commentary to the first Liberal Government fiscal plan in interviews with key political voices including Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

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