OAKVILLE, ONT.—Whenever federal budgets make news, (such as now) the media inevitably focus on the mind-boggling spending numbers. It’s a billion dollars here and a billion dollars there, here a billion, there a billion, everywhere a billion. And that’s fine, except in the crazy world of politics, it’s often the little numbers that really matter. After all, the big budgetary numbers, i.e. the ones that have a digit followed by nine zeros or more, are beyond the comprehension
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