Harper takes aim at deficit with throne speech

Harper takes aim at deficit with throne speech, opposition says there’s no new ideas

By Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is fashioning himself Canada’s top frugalista with a throne speech meant to impress with style, yet cost little at the cash register.

Aside from some new low-cost accessories - such as loosening of foreign investment rules and more help for single parents - the rest of the wardrobe is a retailoring of previous Conservative priorities.

The agenda “recalibration” the Tories promised when Harper controversially shut down Parliament in late December consists mainly of a more restrained spending plan that will shape Thursday’s federal budget.


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