So, after years and years and years and years of Liberal and Conservative corporate tax-cuts and tax-cuts that benefited the wealthiest, the federal Tories have managed to pull off a deficit of $517 million.
Perhaps they've been listening to their old pal Dick "deficits don't matter" Cheney. I doubt it though. Y'see, Cheney was arguing for more tax cuts and more spending on imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harper and Flaherty have a more substantial welfare state left to demolish. Therefore they'll decide that deficits do in fact matter and point to the results of theirs and Paul "I killed democracy in Haiti" Martin profligacy as evidence that the time has come for "hard choices" and "painful cuts" to OTHER PEOPLE'S entitlements.
The way to fix this insignificant problem is simple. Tax the beejeezus out of the sorts of pukes who vote right-wing, and spend the money on stuff that ordinary people need. Punish our enemies and reward our friends. Politics.