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Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty and Treasury Board President Tony Clement rise to vote against an opposition motion on the budget bill in the House of Commons, Dec. 4, 2012 in Ottawa.
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty and Treasury Board President Tony Clement rise to vote against an opposition motion on the budget bill in the House of Commons, Dec. 4, 2012 in Ottawa.
(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Why it is really, really hard to figure out what Ottawa spends

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It shouldn’t be this hard.

Whether the assignment is city council, a school board, a provincial legislature or the federal government, one of a journalist’s most obvious duties is to tell taxpayers what’s happening with their money.