Canada

'Fudge-it budget' case thrown out

The case over the so-called "fudge-it budget" has been dismissed in British Columbia.

It all began with complaints from some voters. They said three NDP politicians got their votes by fraudulent means.

The voters said they wouldn't have voted for the New Democrats if they hadn't heard promises from then-premier Glen Clark that the budget was balanced.

Instead of a surplus, the budget turned out to have a deficit. It became known as the "fudge-it budget".

So a group called Help B.C. wanted the election results in those three ridings overturned.

Lawyers for the politicians argued the case should be thrown out because there's no evidence that the three politicians lied about anything.

And the court seemed to agree.

In throwing out the case, British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Mary Humphries decided the claims about the budget did not constitute election fraud even though they turned out to be false, John Finlay, an attorney for the government said.

The court suggested that budgets were forecasts, and forecasts can be wrong.

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