Wednesdays with @Kady: What's coming in Flaherty's budget?

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presents his 2013 budget tomorrow - the same day arguments are heard in Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page's court challenge on the government's interpretation of the budget watchdog's mandate. Replay our live chat.

Plus: Budget watchdog (and government nemesis) Kevin Page refuses to go quietly

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty talks mortgage rates and debt as he picks up Canadian-made shoes in a pre-budget tradition with Roots co-founder Michael Budman. 3:15

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Federal budget 2013

CBC News will have live online coverage of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget, tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET.

Before, during and after the speech you can join our special live chat.

Find breaking news on what's in (and out) of the budget and all the financial and political analysis you need at

This week:

  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's 2013 federal budget has been previewed with media leakspre-emptive provincial reaction and even early messaging from the minister himself. Flaherty's in Toronto this morning at a shoe manufacturer for his customary pre-budget photo call, but the numbers themselves have to wait for one more sleep. What are you expecting from tomorrow's budget speech?
  • As luck (or something else?) would have it, arguments begin tomorrow morning in Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page's federal court challenge of the Harper government's interpretation of his office's mandate. Page himself is out doing a series of exit interviews, including one with CBC Radio's The Current this morning. His office also released another headline-grabbing report about the costs of Canada's criminal justice system today - mere days before his term expires.  What do you think of the budget watchdog's work and public statements?
  • What do you think of the actions and explanations surrounding the resignation of former intergovernmental affairs minister and Labrador MP Peter Penashue?

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