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This year’s budget more than doubles last year’s spending increase estimate.

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The provincial government will deliver its budget today, amid a backdrop of fallen commodity prices and a generally sluggish economy. In light of British Columbia’s mounting government debt, vigilance and restraint will be key.

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Sometimes public perception doesn’t reflect reality. This is particularly true in British Columbia where the myth of government spending cuts has been largely created and promulgated by organized labour. Earlier this year, the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) released a comic book (in which Gordon Campbell was portrayed as villain Slash Gordon) that highlighted cuts to healthcare services. In June, the BC Fed sent 250,000 British Columbia households an 8-page newspaper insert detailing cuts to healthcare and education.