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So you wanna be finance minister? Try balancing Ottawa's books

Think you know what it takes to balance a budget? The Tories set out their plans to get back to black in Thursday's federal budget. If you were in charge, what would you cut to get our finances in order? Would you raise taxes, cut foreign aid, trim transfers? It's a painful process and to give you an idea of how hard it is, here's a selection of notable options below. It's not meant to be comprehensive, but spend some time nipping and snipping here and there and it'll give you an idea of how tough digging out of deficit can be. Make your plan to slash the deficit and share it with your friends and family.

See what the Tories actually cut.

Mar 27, 2012

So you wanna be the finance minister? See how you do balancing Ottawa's books

Think you know what it takes to balance a budget? The Tories will lay out plans to get back to black in Thursday's federal budget. If you were in charge, what would you cut to get our finances in order? Would you raise taxes, cut foreign aid, trim transfers? It's a painful process and to give you an idea of how hard it is, here's a selection of notable options below. It's not meant to be comprehensive, but spend some time nipping and snipping here and there and it'll give you an idea of how tough digging out of deficit can be. Make your plan to slash the deficit and share it with your friends and family.

Mar 27, 2012

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Rob Gilroy is the Economy Lab editor and he has been with The Report on Business since 2004, most recently as a morning Web editor. Other recent stints included editor in charge of the ROB's International Business pages and Deputy Editor in charge of Production in the news section. He began his career at The Canadian Press in the late 1980s and has also spent time at TSN.ca and CTV.ca as a Web editor.

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