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If not hyperbolically.

Nothing hyperbolic about it. In fact, the opposition was doings omething even worse, in that they were protecting their own bank accounts (the public funding subsidy was going to disappear).

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By the time 08 rolled around Harper had blown the surplus Martin handed him and was well on his way into deficits.

Yes, the crashing world economy would tend to do that.

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By the time 08 rolled around Harper had blown the surplus Martin handed him and was well on his way into deficits.

That myth has been beaten do death. Martin and Chretien used $50 billion in EI funds and cut back transfers to provinces in order to generate that "surplus" - all on the backs of over-taxed Canadians and the provinces.

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My memory is just fine. Harper put the budget into deficit first off by cutting the GST. Then he drove it higher with his attempt at applying Keynesian economics. However, this sees to be a bit of thread drift.

Harper didn't ever want to spend the money he did, actually, and after the GST cut, the budget was still in surplus. A very poor memory indeed

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Nothing hyperbolic about it. In fact, the opposition was doings omething even worse, in that they were protecting their own bank accounts (the public funding subsidy was going to disappear).

You don't think 'coup détat attempt' is hyperbole?
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That's total BS since the previous 4 or 5 governments all had a hand in racking up debt, with Chretien taking the lead. I suppose you think WW3 is just around the corner.

You've been paying attention to things going on around the world? We just might be on the edge of that. Ukraine, Middle East, China-Russia against USA NATO, with China vs Japan mixed in. Africa having issues with Boko and Al-Queda types. Not to mention the Middle East and ISIS with another Saudi US NATO against the Russian-Iran-China batch .. I dunno. Sure looks like peace is breaking out all over the place.

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Better check your facts.....budget of 08-09 was in deficit by about 6 billion, mostly due to lot GST revenue.

The recession started during that fiscal year, and the slowdown started as soon as two years prior. Better check your facts.

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They're the responsibility of the provinces (with the help of the already massive Canadian Social Transfer) and already get more than most of us should be comfortable with. In this country, you have to try hard to be extremely poor.

Actually, all you have to do is have a chronic illness.

$1000/month and virtually no coverage of medical expenses needed to keep a person as healthy as possible. It's disgusting how Canada treats disabled people.

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Called on it....by someone who doesnt know the fact. Here is a little reading for you.

http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/canada-deficit/

Thanks for proving my point. It clearly started in 2008, when the recession hit, was at it's biggest in 2009, and has been shrinking ever since. You're "it clearly started well before the recession" is completly and utterly false.
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Thanks for proving my point. It clearly started in 2008, when the recession hit, was at it's biggest in 2009, and has been shrinking ever since. You're "it clearly started well before the recession" is completly and utterly false.

A 13 billion dollar surplus turned into a 6 billion dollar deficit in 2 budgets, mostly by cutting gst. Its not calculus...

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