Twenty words that appear in the budget more often than ‘deficit’

Even the phrase ‘balanced budget’ appears more in the budget than ‘deficit’—the document’s reality. Charting out the words the Liberals thought mattered more


In the last 24 hours, a single word has dominated much of the coverage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inaugural budget: deficit. But despite the attention-grabbing size of the deficit, the term itself is mentioned surprisingly few times in the actual document. In fact, there are only five mentions of “deficit” in the 271-page budget. And the phrase “federal debt” pops up only three times.

So if “deficit” doesn’t show up in a document in which a deficit announcement was, arguably, one of the most important items of the day, then which words do appear? Here are just 20 examples of words the Liberals preferred to use.


Read Maclean’s comprehensive coverage of the federal budget here.


Twenty words that appear in the budget more often than ‘deficit’

  1. I’m gobsmacked.
    No mention of “sunny ways”?
    No wonder ex- Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page noted that there were , “No fiscal targets. No plan for fiscal consolidation.”!
    A brilliant start for our debutante PM who still seems to believe that budgets balance themselves.
    That the corporate media – as usual – all but ignored Tom Mulcair’s sensible call for massive tax reform that would ensure that wealthy individuals and corporations begin to pay their fair share signalled that there will be no informed discussion of the massive loop holes, special treatment, and foreign tax havens that exist.
    Justin’s velvet glove treatment of KPMG and their wealthy – conniving – clients indicates that the interest of the Bay Street firms trump sound fiscal management and social/economic justice.

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