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Throne Speech sets stage for deficit budget

CP Video - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 5:32 EST

Just weeks after predicting that Canada would escape recession and post a budget surplus, the Conservatives now say swift, deep action is needed to stave off disaster.

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — Stephen Harper's government opened the new Parliament with an atypical tone of contrition, in a Throne Speech that spoke of compromise and consultation and borrowed phrases from opponent Michael Ignatieff.

Mr. Harper had used past Throne Speeches to launch games of political chicken with adversaries, daring them to vote against plans they disliked and then face an election.

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