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Conservatives should find more ‘pragmatic and creative ways’ to deal with $32-billion deficit

'We all want an efficiently lean government, but the fiscal mismanagement over the past five years can't solely be compensated for by a slash-and-burn, narrow-minded approach,' says Michael Qaqish.

After five years of chaotic fiscal spending patterns similar to that of a shopaholic, the Conservatives have finally come to the realization that they have dug Canadians into a $55-billion deficit ($32-billion for 2011-2012). The notion of small government doesn't exist in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's blue book. In the last two years, many Canadians—more likely if you reside in a Conservative riding—have witnessed significant infrastructure improvements in their communities as part of the government's economic action plan

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