Steady budget offers few surprises

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper signal thumbs up in the foyer of the House of Commons prior to Flaherty delivering the budget on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday. (Pawel Dwulit/Canadian Press)

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had few surprises in the federal budget  he unveiled in Ottawa Thursday, pledging to continue the stimulus measures rolled out in the last year while vowing to return to balanced books as soon as possible.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says his party will not trigger an election over the budget. While the Liberals oppose elements of the budget, Ignatieff said Canadians are in no mood to head to the polls. He said Liberals will vote against the budget but not in sufficient numbers to defeat the government.



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