You would go on the negative attack, if this was your economic record:
...If we were going to have some kind of big crash or recession, we probably would have it by now, a year into the crisis
...We are in fact ahead of our budget forecast but there's no risk of deficit. We intend to maintain a surplus in the budget.
-Stephen Harper, September 15, 2008
Finance minister Jim Flaherty says this year's budget deficit will balloon beyond $50-billion, setting a new record for red ink in Canada as the costs of the recession hammer Ottawa's coffers.