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The Canadian federal budget of 2004 was a budget for the Government of Canada. It was read in the House of Commons of Canada on March 23, 2004 by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale of the governing Liberal Party. It was prepared by Goodale with significant input from Prime Minister Paul Martin, who had previously served as Minister of Finance in the government of Jean Chrétien.

2004 (2004) Budget of the Canadian Federal Government
Logo of the 2004 Canadian federal budget.jpg
PresentedMarch 23, 2004
PassedNot Passed
Finance ministerRalph Goodale
Total revenueC$211.9 billion[1]
Total expendituresC$210.5 billion[1]
Program SpendingC$176.4 billion[1]
Debt paymentC$34.1 billion[1]
SurplusC$1.5 billion[1]
DebtC$494.7 billion[1]
Website New Agenda for Achievement
Surplus was used to pay down the federal debt.
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The budget contained few surprises: most major initiatives had been announced long beforehand. These included $2 billion for health care, money for municipalities, and $1 billion to help livestock farmers harmed by the Mad Cow crisis. Government spending was set to increase at the same rate as Gross domestic product (GDP) over the next few years with any surplus going to pay down the national debt.

The budget was criticized by the Conservative Party for its lack of tax cuts and its increases in spending. The New Democratic Party criticized the policy of debt reduction, arguing that social spending, especially on health care, would be more beneficial.

Before the budget could be passed, parliament was dissolved for the 2004 election. The budget legislation was appended to the 2005 budget that was passed the next year.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Department of Finance Canada (March 19, 2007). "Aspire to a Stronger, Safer, Better Canada" (PDF). 2007 Budget. Department of Finance Canada. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.

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