There was time not so long ago when the very notion of a federal government funding some June 24 festivities in Quebec would have raised eyebrows on both sides of the federalist-sovereigntist divide.
Ottawa has long contributed to the financing of St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations in the rest of Canada, but it had abstained from associating itself with Quebec's more political FÍte nationale.
With its new national security legislation, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has pulled off quite a coup. It has kept some of the worst elements of former prime minister Stephen Harper's widely discredited Bill C-51. But so far, it has managed to do so without creating much political flak.
Raising taxes on Canadian alcohol producers will put jobs at risk, according to Conservative MP John Barlow.
The federal budget included a two per cent tax increase on beer as well as an annual increase on beer, wine and spirits tied to inflation.