Federal budget 2015: Oliver opts for 'New Balance' shoes ahead of budget

In keeping with tradition, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver purchased a pair of new shoes Monday, opting for sneakers from the "New Balance" brand as he pledges to bring in a balanced budget.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver set to unveil federal budget tomorrow 3:46

In keeping with a pre-budget tradition, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver purchased a pair of new shoes Monday, opting for sneakers from the "New Balance" brand.

Oliver bought the black shoes, trimmed in Tory blue, at a store in north Toronto while a throng of journalists looked on.

As he posed for pictures, Oliver said Tuesday's federal budget would be a "great one" for all Canadians.

It will also be the first budget delivered by Oliver, who replaced the late Jim Flaherty last year.

The ruling Conservatives have pledged to balance the budget ahead of a federal election, which is scheduled for October.

The government has already announced a suite of tax cuts and benefits for families, fulfilling one of a number of 2011 campaign promises.

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Budget coverage Tuesday

CBC News will have full coverage of Finance Minister Joe Oliver's budget on Tuesday, starting with a special Power & Politics with Evan Solomon at 2 p.m. ET on CBC News Network and streaming live on CBCnews.ca.

Join a live pre-budget chat on CBCnews.ca at 3 p.m. ET, then tune in to CBC News' budget special with Peter Mansbridge on CBC Television and CBC News Network at 4 p.m. ET, or watch a livestream of Joe Oliver's full budget speech on cbcnews.ca. CBC Radio will also have special coverage starting at 4 p.m. ET.

Our live chat continues at cbcnews.ca at 5 p.m. ET, while Power & Politics and The Exchange with Amanda Lang offer analysis and reaction on CBC News Network, followed by a complete wrap up on The National at 9 p.m. ET.