Finance Minister Jim Flaherty trekked across the bridge to Gatineau this morning to buy his new budget shoes.
As I predicted here in this blog he went with new shoes this year rather than resole old shoes as he did as the symbolism for last year's budget.
The black work shoes cost him $141.09 with tax.
I'd suggest he went to Gatineau because he could actually take the bus there, showing his government's commitment to public transit as well but I'm sure he was driven thereir by his chauffeur. (And yes that is a sign that I am growing increasingly weary and bitter about the 48-day old Ottawa bus strike).
Interestingly, Flaherty wouldn't say a peep about what was in his budget. He's leaving the leaks up to his cabinet colleagues who in the past four days have collectively announced over $10 billion in fiscal stimuli for infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, and housing.
If the fiscal facts released in the last few days are correct that should leave about $10 billion for Flaherty to announce tomorrow. Assuming we make it to the end of the day without any more leaks of course.