When the government delivers its 2013 Federal Budget, Canadians can turn to CTV, CTV News Channel, and CTVNews.ca/budget for BUDGET 2013. This national simulcast anchored by CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lisa LaFlamme, begins LIVE across the country at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow, Thursday, March 21 on CTV, CTV News Channel, and CTV Mobile. And beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET, BNN special coverage of the Federal Budget focuses on what the business community and investors need to know.From the decline of Canada’s hard-hit manufacturing industry and the need for skills training programs, to reining-in the federal budget deficit and raising mortgage lending rates, BUDGET 2013 delivers insight and analysis on how the new budget affects Canadian families across the country. Joining LaFlamme from Toronto and Ottawa are CTV News’ Robert Fife, Craig Oliver, Daniele Hamamdjian, Mercedes Stephenson, and CTV News’ Chief Financial Commentator, Pattie Lovett-Reid. The special also features guest commentators, including Don Drummond, former Chief Economist for TD Bank, and tax expert Tim Cestnick. Providing analyses before and after the budget is presented, POWER PLAY’s Don Martin joins BUDGET 2013 from the foyer of the House of Commons.
Users can already head to CTVNews.ca/budget to read advance analysis of what is known so far about Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s plans for the 2013 budget. CTVNews.ca hosts a live chat forum beginning at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow. Then, as the 2013 Federal Budget is unveiled, CTVNews.ca will provide instant analysis of Ottawa’s latest financial measures. Viewers are invited to watch the video livestream as the Finance Minister outlines his plans.
Also on Thursday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on BNN, Marty Cej moderates a panel of guests and reporters through a discussion of the 2013 Federal Budget. Panelists include Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of TD Bank Financial Group; and David Prince, Founder and Principal of Harbinger Capital Markets Research and author of The Harbinger Notebook. Paul Bagnell weighs in from the House of Commons, and a team from Parliament Hill delivers clear notes and guidance to BNN viewers. Online, BNN.ca will live stream both Minister Flaherty’s budget reading from the House of Commons and the BNN Budget Special. The site’s special coverage includes exclusive stories and videos available now and it will host plenty of post-budget analysis after details are announced.