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.