Federal government schemes and programs to ameliorate the devastation wrought by the ill-considered shutdown of the Canadian economy for nearly three months have focused on compensating individuals and businesses for being unemployed or shutting down.
Little thought, thus far, has been given to how to relaunch the economy for a sustained recovery from COVID-19.
The usual handouts will still, apparently, be available for months to come. Those who love government propose much more of this eco-focused largesse.
It need not be this way. Government can do more by doing less, by unleashing the private sector.