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A surplus of questions

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As a general rule, it’s better to have more money than less.

But in the case of the Progressive Conservative government’s announcement of a $57-million operating surplus, it also raises the same serious questions as a $57 million shortfall would – what is behind the radical discrepancy between the actual surplus amount and the initial $1.5 million that was forecasted by the previous governing Liberals?

Finance Minister Darlene Compton explains that the discrepancy is the result of higher than anticipated revenue from corporate, sales and income tax. The other explanation is that the surplus is the result of growth – population, economic and employment. All good news.

But those are basically the same explanations the Liberals gave the public when it generated a $75-million........

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