The finance department estimates that once this year’s bounty is spent, the treasury will be all but bare for the next two years with tiny surpluses of $1.4 billion and $1.3 billion, not counting the annual $3 billion set-aside for debt repayment.
Flaherty’s challenge is to the make meagre offering of loaves and fishes he has on hand appear like a banquet so that if the government falls, he can not only paint the opposition as irresponsible spenders but his budget as an investment in future good times.
And it seems he's already performed one miracle:
OTTAWA–The Conservative government will disclose tomorrow, when it tables its budget, that it has on hand at least $1 billion more in spending money than it had anticipated, sources have told The Canadian Press.
Well, there is a slight resemblance...