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Again, I've always wondered how, if it's so difficult, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has so been so consistently accurate at predicting surpluses. Perhaps the Finance Department should talk to them. (I certainly don't know how they do it.)

But I've also thought that the smart people who do these sorts of things have a more touchy-feely way of getting at things. If, using current revenue collection levels, you anticipate sluggish GDP growth of 1%, then you imagine what your finances will be based on that. If you estimate a bad year ahead, a recession, you plan based on that.

But I agree, our legislature should have its own office to compete with the executive. Canadians deserve to have a say in all of this, and right now, Martin and company have too much discretion.

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