OUR VIEW: Stephen Harper’s surplus just doesn’t add up

The government had forecast a $2-billion deficit and was pleasantly surprised to discover $1.9 billion dollars it didn’t know we had.

  • Sep. 17, 2015 8:00 a.m.
We're not buying Stephen Harper's surplus. Are you? Email us at edit@thenownewspaper.com and tell us why.

We're not buying Stephen Harper's surplus. Are you? Email us at edit@thenownewspaper.com and tell us why.

Doesn’t it feel great when you find a loonie on the sidewalk, or if you’re really lucky, a toonie underneath the sofa cushions?

Imagine, then, how Conservative leader Stephen Harper must have felt when he suddenly found a $1.9-billion budget surplus, and during an election campaign, yet.

It’s timely news for Harper, who’s been looking kind of deflated lately. Suddenly, he’s back in the game. Yay me.

Question is, though, how does one suddenly find $1.9 billion? To find such a mountain of cash means it was either lost, or perhaps neatly stacked inside a warehouse in some universe parallel to ours.

Let’s face it, $1.9 billion is not pocket change, even for a country.

The Wall Street Journal says this bolster’s Harper’s efforts “to position himself as the best steward of Canada’s economy.”

Huh? The government had forecast a $2-billion deficit and was pleasantly surprised to discover $1.9 billion dollars it didn’t know we had — and that’s “best” stewardship? Yikes.

Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal’s story drew a single comment in its “Share your thoughts” feature: “Got a nice little bridge for sale going cheap.”

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