What to expect when you’re expecting a budget

A quick guide to everything you need to read over the next week

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Jim Flaherty has announced that the federal budget—or “Economic Action Plan 2013“—will be tabled on March 21.

Stephen Gordon offers his wish list here and Erica Alini looks at the wider economic trends here. Stephen previously considered how the latest GDP numbers should impact the budget here. And John Geddes looks at defence spending here.

The finance committee’s report on its pre-budget consultations is here—including submissions from the New Democrats and Liberals.

And now is as good a time as any to recall, once again, how broken and confusing the process for reviewing government spending has become.