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For the seventh year in a row, the Federal government has announced a budget surplus. This year the surplus is $9.1 billion, which is $2.1 billion larger than last year. Year after year, Paul Martin has consistently under-represented the amount of money available for public spending. Once again, the whole surplus was automatically applied to the federal debt even though the public health care system is in trouble, there is no pan-Canadian childcare program and urban infrastructure is in a severe state of decay. This money should have gone towards rebuilding strong communities.