The who-knew-what-when-and-why questions continued today, following Finance Minister Colin Hansen's admission his deputy minister Graham Whitmarsh told him government revenues were "under pressure to the tune of about $200 to $300 million" during the election campaign. This, despite the fact finance minister told CKNW's Bill Good this morning "there's very little engagement between cabinet ministers and officials during the election period itself" because of "it's part of the protocol in our democratic system." Press gallery questions were also spurred by the minister's further admission on CKNW that bureaucrats told him in the week following the election "we were in excess of a billion dollars in revenue decline." On Tuesday, the government said it was expecting a $2.77 billion deficit in fiscal 2009/10, despite Liberals maintaining it would be $495 million during the election campaign.
September 2, 2009