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Paul Martin has presented his 1999 budget and it’s full of holes. Nothing for the unemployed, nothing for the homeless, nothing for students, nothing for our water systems and nothing for child care.

Billed as the ‘health care budget’, the federal Liberals have restored only a small portion of the funding they’ve cut from health care over the past five years. And they’ve done nothing about home care, pharmacare or elder care. Given the government has a surplus this year and expects one next, the finance minister had choices. He could have taken action on the urgent issues that affect Canadians but instead he chose to turn his back.