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Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty speaks at a pre-budget press event at the factory for the Canadian shoe company Mello Shoes in Toronto on Friday February 7, 2014.
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty speaks at a pre-budget press event at the factory for the Canadian shoe company Mello Shoes in Toronto on Friday February 7, 2014.
(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Things to know before today's budget is unveiled

As you read this, hundreds of government officials, journalists, stakeholders and others are gathered in an Ottawa conference centre to read over the 2014 federal budget (or “Economic Action Plan,” as they’ve been billed the last few years). We can’t divulge what’s in the budget until Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tables the fiscal plan in Parliament around 4 p.m. ET, but, heading into the lockup, here’s what we know.