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Budget offers a $70-billion credit kickstart

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Globe and Mail Update - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11:25 EST

A laid-off retail manager, a self-employed consultant, a young mother and a small businessman reflect on the recession as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers the budget

Globe and Mail Update

OTTAWA, TORONTO — The federal government is extending its reach into Canada's financial system in a bid to support banks and borrowers, making almost $70-billion in new credit available and planning new powers such as the ability to buy stakes in financial institutions should they need capital injections.

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