'Putting out a fire you set:' critics wary of Tories' reduced deficit projection - 2019-10-10

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F94.png 'Putting out a fire you set:' critics wary of Tories' reduced deficit projection October 10, 2019, Shawn Jeffords, Canadian Press, Toronto Star

The Progressive Conservatives said last month the province's deficit in 2018-2019 came in at $7.4 billion — roughly half of the $15 billion shortfall they said they inherited from the previous Liberal government.

Opposition critics said for months that figure was vastly inflated, and interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said Thursday the government's current, $10.3 billion target is also inflated to create a context for cuts.

"Don't pump up the deficit and say you've slain the dragon," Fraser said. "It's like putting out a fire you set."

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