Continuing the excellent standards and traditions of timely scholarship, the 2010-2011 edition of How Ottawa Spends critically examines national politics, priorities, and policies with emphasis on federal economic and social spending. Given the political and budgetary challenges posed by the recession, this year's instalment pays close attention to the growing fiscal deficit. Informed authors from across Canada examine recession-related policy fields, including the Canadian banking system, new industrial policy pressures such as the automotive industry bailout, policies in science, technology, and innovation, and suggestions about how to resist the United States' "buy America" trade policies. The chapters in this volume also consider Canada's national, regional, and political divisiveness, the impact of the dynamic Obama Administration on Canadian domestic affairs, and governance during a time of minority government.