Today, Premier Gordon Campbell responded to questions about the budget. But only after appearing to dodge A-Channel's Shachi Kurl and getting snippy with CTV's Jim Beatty. The scrum followed the premier's admission yesterday that he was told a week before the election "revenues were coming off." Although his understanding was that government could manage those declines "within the budget framework that we had set." During the election, Premier Campbell maintained the government would run a $495 million deficit in fiscal 2009/10. The government is now expecting a $2.77 billion deficit.
September 2, 2009