It is not a cutting exercise, except that it was

Jim Flaherty, the other day. “This budget is not about reducing or cutting spending … This is not a cutting exercise. We are in extraordinary times. It calls for some extraordinary thinking.”

Jim Flaherty, Nov. 27. “We cannot ask Canadians to tighten their belts during tougher times without looking in the mirror. Canadians have a right to look to government as an example. We have a responsibility to show restraint and respect for their money. Canadians’ tax dollars are precious. They must not be spent frivolously or without regard to where they came from.”