The Politics of Budget-Making - Panel
On paper, yesterday's budget did promise many things to many people ... in practice it predicted an election. Jim Flaherty isn't the first finance minister who has had to weigh the politics of his budget policies. We were joined by three people with first-hand experience.
Michael Wilson was Finance Minister under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He's now the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada. He was in Toronto. Janice MacKinnon was Saskatchewan's Finance Minister under Premier Roy Romanow. She's now a professor of public policy at the University of Saskatchewan. She was in Saskatoon. And John Manley was Finance Minister under Prime Minister Jean Chretien. He's now the President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. And he was in Ottawa.
This Day in History
On this day in 1903, the Wright brothers applied for a patent for their airplane.
108 years later, Canada's military is trying to replace those same planes with new F-35 fighter jets.
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