So the country's gripped by economic turmoil, consumer confidence is at a 27-year low and jobs are disappearing faster than customers at car lots.
The federal government has conceded that it's headed back into deficit mode.
Things couldn't be worse — unless you're in the business of organizing running races, even at this time of year.
Take the annual Robbie Burns 8K race in Burlington, Ont., for instance. Held at the end of January, it usually features frigid temperatures and bone-rattling winds. Usually, you could wait until a few days before the race to decide whether the weather would be acceptable before you would commit your hard-earned dollars to run outdoors in the middle of winter.