Balancing a budget is one thing, for which credit was bestowed in this space on Thursday. Maintaining the impression that the government is doing everything that needs doing while staying in the black is another.
Canada has more ocean shoreline than any other nation. The oceans that surround us have profound impacts upon us. They are a major source of food, hold immense mineral wealth under their waters and serve as a major means of supporting intercontinental commerce and travel. They also influence climate and can have a devastating impact upon coastal communities.
Balancing the federal budget has a lot in common with balancing the family budget. We've been through some tough times, so we've had to take out a line of credit to avert emergencies, and we've been working diligently to get back to balance by setting clear priorities and taking care of the things that are most important: our children's education, our family's health and well-being and protecting the most vulnerable.