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Former prime minister Paul Martin speaks at the 2013 Liberal national showcase April 6, 2013, in Toronto.
Former prime minister Paul Martin speaks at the 2013 Liberal national showcase April 6, 2013, in Toronto.
(Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)

How politicians play politics with economic predictions

In August, there was no deficit in Nova Scotia. In fact, Darrell Dexter’s NDP government forecast a surplus of $18.3-million and said it would shave two percentage points off the HST.

The tables turned suddenly last week. Nova Scotians now face a $482-million deficit and no prospect of any HST relief. Stephen McNeil’s new Liberal government is promising not to balance the budget and to bring in legislation to keep the HST at 15 per cent.