Federal government expenses totalled $296.4-billion in 2015-16, according to the recently published 2016 public accounts, with Finance Canada topping the government ministries at $90.2-billion. But another roughly $9.8-billion in approved spending lapsed last fiscal year after being left on the table, something the Parliamentary Budget Office will likely soon be examining. That's based on $12.1-billion in budgeted money not spent. A small percentage of that can be carried over, while mostâ€”$9.8-billionâ€”must be put toward debt reduction, as per
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