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Copyright - Graeme MacKay (www.mackaycartoons.net)
February 17, 1999
Jean Chretien and Paul Martin built an acceptable working relationship together for nearly 10 years. It was Martin who convinced Chretien that the Liberal government must embark on a relentless campaign to eliminate the deficit or the country’s finances would soon be in a catastrophic state. After a succession of severe budgets, Martin succeeded in slaying the deficit dragon. Since then, the federal government, thanks no doubt to the sustained bull economy, has been enjoying whopping budget surpluses and is on target to wipe out its debt entirely within the foreseeable future.