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Quebec Ink

Did Ottawa’s COVID-19 relief programs save the economy, or tank it?

MONTREAL — Pierre Céré makes an odd cheerleader for Justin Trudeau. A Quebec sovereigntist and longtime activist for the province’s unemployed, the 62-year-old is the antithesis of the current prime minister’s image-obsessed, conspicuously worldly brand of pan-Canadian liberalism. Yet in late November 2021, Céré delivered Trudeau an early Christmas present in the form of an 88-page encomium crediting the “audacious” federal government with saving the country from COVID-wrought economic collapse.

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