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Deficits not so temporary?
Date: Wednesday, January 14 2009
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OTTAWA — Canadians should expect at least half a decade of federal government deficits, the country's parliamentary budget watchdog says, as Ottawa readies a massive stimulus package to tackle the economic downturn.



The Harper Conservatives, who promised during the 2008 election campaign never to run a deficit, are now saying they will run temporary deficits to bail out the economy. They pledge to plot a course for returning to balanced budgets.


Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says that an early return to black ink appears difficult.





 



OTTAWA — Canadians should expect at least half a decade of federal government deficits, the country's parliamentary budget watchdog says, as Ottawa readies a massive stimulus package to tackle the economic downturn.



The Harper Conservatives, who promised during the 2008 election campaign never to run a deficit, are now saying they will run temporary deficits to bail out the economy. They pledge to plot a course for returning to balanced budgets.


Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says that an early return to black ink appears difficult.



 


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