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Scheer’s abandoned pledge to quickly balance budget if elected a ‘confirmation’ Liberal plan is working, says Grit MP Easter

By Mike Lapointe      

With the Conservatives now banking on a five-year balanced budget plan, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says campaigning on modest deficits 'may be the new normal.'

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, left, says the Trudeau government has made an 'even bigger mess of the budget than even I thought possible,' and has reneged on his 2017 promise to balance the budget in two years if elected. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, right, says maybe Mr. Scheer is 'looking at the issue more sensibly.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The Conservative leader recently pulled back on his 2017 promise to balance the federal budget in two years if elected, and the Liberal chair of the House Finance Committee says that’s a sign Andrew Scheer thinks the government’s current approach is working.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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