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Opposition should hold the simplistic scare-mongering on debt and doomsday scenarios

By David Crane      

The real questions are much bigger. So let’s see what MPs have to say in the upcoming 2018 budget debate.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau pictured Feb. 27 on the Hill doing an interview after tabling the 2018 federal budget plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—The 2015 federal election campaign was, in fiscal terms, about hope versus austerity—what was more important, to spend more to foster growth and jobs, even if it meant running deficits, or balancing the budget as fast as possible, even if it meant slower growth and higher unemployment? The spenders won in 2015. But next year’s election is shaping up to be another electoral battle over balanced budgets now or deficits for a few more years. The difference this time is that budget deficits are a rising voter concern.

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