Machines replacing workers: fed budget to look at historic economic challenge

WASHINGTON — Next week's Canadian federal budget will raise concern about workers being displaced en masse by new technologies. It's arguably an under-told story of the last U.S. election — people often talked about Ohio and Pennsylvania's coal miners and steel workers, less so about technologies pushing them aside: automated steel production, and the 3D underground imaging finding cheaper natural gas.

It's a concern as old as policy-making itself.

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