Feds run $2.1-billion deficit

Feds run $2.1-billion deficit

The federal government ran a deficit of $2.1 billion through the first eight months of its 2018-19 fiscal year compared with a deficit of $9.5 billion in the same period a year earlier.

In its monthly fiscal monitor, the Finance Department says revenue in the April-to-November period was up $16.7 billion, or 8.6 per cent, boosted by increases in tax revenues, EI premium revenues and other revenues.

Program expenses were up $8.0 billion, or 4.2 per cent, due to increases in major transfers to persons and other levels of government and direct program expenses.

Public debt charges increased by $1.4 billion, or 9.8 per cent.

The government’s February budget predicted a deficit of $18.1 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which ends in March.

For November, the government posted a deficit of $2.2 billion compared with a deficit of $2.9 billion in November 2017.

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