Federal budget 2015: Conservatives dig into contingency to hit surplus

Finance Minister Joe Oliver scrapes together savings to balance books, and give tax breaks

CBC News
By Laura Payton
Apr 21, 2015

The Conservatives have their balanced budget — barely.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver has managed to keep the Conservatives’ 2011 election promise to return Canada to a surplus in 2015 with a federal budget that has the government spending $1.4 billion less than it takes in — despite a spate of pre-election tax cuts announced last fall.

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