October 7 to November 25, 2008 – During the federal election Stephen Harper promised to never run budgetary deficits, but has since backed away from his promise in the face of uncertain economic conditions.
We will not be running a deficit. We will be keeping spending within our means, it is that simple.
-Stephen Harper, October 7, 2008
Balancing the budget by raising taxes, by cutting essential government activity, or by refusing necessary intervention in the midst of a global economic crisis would be a cure worse than the disease.
– Stephen Harper, November 20, 2008
There are occasions when defitis are not necessarily bad, but essential.
– Stephen Harper, November 23, 2008