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Billions found in revised fiscal forecasts in 2018 budget, but Finance Canada vague on how

By Jolson Lim      

Finance Canada said certain departmental figures under direct program expenses are still pending approvals and can't be publicly disclosed, meaning MPs returning to Ottawa this week may be unable to discuss such spending figures publicly.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured speaking to media in the House foyer on Feb. 27, tabled last month a budget that includes an additional $19.8-billion in fiscal room through adjusted forecast revisions since the fall update. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The Liberal government expects to add $19.8-billion to its bottom line between now and 2023 in new fiscal projections, with more than half of that coming from changes to spending at the department level, but Finance Canada won’t say which specific departments have contributed to the rosy projections.

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