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U.S. President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal is delivered to the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 4, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal is delivered to the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 4, 2014.
(GARY CAMERON/Reuters)

Colin Robertson

What the budget really says: U.S. needs a little help from its friends

It’s Budget Day in Washington. Its importance this year is in signaling the future direction of U.S. defence policy. It is also another reminder of the differences in our two systems of government.

Traditionally devised in secret, Canada’s budget day is the highlight of the parliamentary calendar. There are new shoes for the finance minister and live media coverage of the speech and opposition reaction. Governments rise or fall on the subsequent confidence motion.