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March 24, 2004

The attention to accountability issues at the
beginning of Ralph Goodale's 2004 federal
budget speech was obviously an attempt to
deflect some of the anger and criticism that had
blown up over government waste and scandals.

A typical pre-election budget might offer
personal income tax cuts or lots of spending on
services that are popular with constituents who
vote. This budget did neither, but it could have
been  viewed as an election budget anyway.

More interesting was the emphasis on the social
side of the policy agenda with initiatives on
education health and safety at the expense of
more tax cuts. Clearly the Liberals had chosen
the ground they wish to defend in an election
campaign.  
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