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The federal government posted a $5.5-billion deficit during the first nine months of its 2022-23 fiscal year.

In its monthly fiscal monitor, the Finance Department says the result compared with a deficit of $70.1-billion during the same period a year earlier.

Government revenue totalled $310.0-billion for the nine-month period, up from $278.3-billion in the same period a year earlier, due to stronger economic growth and the fading effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, program expenses excluding net actuarial losses amounted to $282.4-billion for the period, down from $322.0-billion a year earlier, due to the expiration of COVID-19 measures.

Public debt charges totalled $25.8-billion for the period, up from $18.7-billion, as a result of higher interest rates and inflation.

Net actuarial losses were $7.4-billion, down from $7.7-billion.

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