If Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s choice for budget day shoes are any indication, the Conservatives will table a document Tuesday that will be a centrepiece in their federal election campaign this year.
For the annual tradition, in which Canada’s finance minister selects a pair of shoes for budget day, Oliver chose to don blue New Balance runners, reflecting the expectation that the budget will be more about campaigning for the next federal election — the promise of a balanced budget and tax incentives for Canadian families — than about creating a sound economic roadmap for the country.
“Budgets are always about appeasing voters,” says David Macdonald, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “I mean, that’s not something that’s new … But certainly this budget will be going to voters in a much more direct way than most, in the sense that this will be an election budget.”
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