Is it $646 million, $773 million, $1.012 billion or d) none of the above? The trouble is as Manitobans we can’t say with any degree of certainty which number is correct when it comes to measuring our province’s deficit. New finance minister Cam Friesen told us yesterday that the deficit was actually much higher than the previous government told us it was. That’s certainly believable but is it really as high as Friesen claims? That’s a little tough to swallow as well. It seems more than a little shady that the number was magically just over that psychologically important billion dollar mark. Friesen could have given his numbers much more credibility had he shows us some specifics. Exactly where was the NDP hiding the money? How is it that the same Department of Finance, yes, the very same people working on Manitoba’s books, come up with such drastically different figures?
Sadly Friesen didn’t give enough information to make his math believable. It would have been simple enough. Just show us where the NDP wasn’t telling us the truth. If you can’t, then why should we believe you any more than we believed the last finance minister Greg Dewar?
They say numbers don’t lie, but sometimes the people who present them to us do. The trouble is Manitobans have no idea what the real truth is.