Will the provincial government's fiscal 2009/10 deficit be more than the $495 million estimated in its February budget? That's what reporters wanted to know when they scrummed Premier Gordon Campbell following his caucus's swearing-in ceremony. But the closest to answer they got was this: "...when the facts change you have to be willing to look at the facts. We are striving to accomplish the budget we laid out in February 2009."
The premier also stressed the government's success in meeting its deficit target would be dependent on finding $1.9 billion worth in administrative savings. According to the budget, those savings are supposed to be spread out between fiscal 2009/10 and 2011/12 - with $589 million being found in the first year. The following is a recording of that scrum.