When I was a boy, Pearson and Diefenbaker were thought to be bumblers compared to St. Laurent and King.
Starting in 1995, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Finance Minister Paul Martin reduced program spending, balanced the budget and cut taxes.
All expectations for next week's federal budget are that it will look much like the March version -one that included a substantial $30-billion deficit this year (2011-12) and no credible plan to return to a balanced budget.
Canadians deserve more. The newly minted Conservative majority should seize the opportunity to put forth a truly conservative plan to balance the budget -one that puts federal departmental spending on the chopping block.