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Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli speaks with media following meetings with federal, provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa, on Dec. 10, 2018.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Ontario’s finance minister says $1-billion in higher sales and income tax revenues have pushed the province’s deficit down to $13.5-billion.

Vic Fedeli released Ontario’s 2018-19 third-quarter finances today and says the higher revenues show the government’s plan is working.

Ontario’s financial accountability officer has said the deficit is actually about $2.5-billion lower.

Opposition politicians have accused the Progressive Conservative government of inflating the deficit so it can justify cuts to programs and services.

Fedeli says the next budget will show a path to balance, though he wouldn’t specify if the government will eliminate the deficit within its four-year mandate.

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says he has directed ministries to limit spending until fiscal year end of March 31.

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