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There was an instructive moment after the Martin Liberals brought down their first budget on March 23.

      NDP Leader Jack Layton critiqued the Liberals for favouring debit reduction over "Canadians’ real needs." Layton estimated the Martin Liberals were putting $200 billion toward debt reduction over the next 10 years. "No Canadian is calling for that," he said. "It’s like paying down the mortgage faster when you’ve got a leaky roof, a sick grandmother and your child is trying to go to university. I don’t know a single family that would do what Paul Martin is doing with our economy."...

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