A government's responsibility

From the Finance Minister’s news conference during yesterday’s lock-up, in response to questions about whether the budget had met the NDP’s demands.

The idea is not to craft a package that suits party A, party B, party C.  The idea is to craft a package that’s a good budget for Canadians, that Canadians can support and that we can legitimately put before Parliament and say this is a package, read it all, look at it in a balanced way that suits the needs of the country at this time … the job of the government is not to appease opposition parties. The job is to analyse what they put forward, be respectful, try to make Parliament work.

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