Harper calls Trudeau's stance on eliminating deficits 'magical'

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons....

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:11 PM ET

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper mocked Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Wednesday for what Harper said was "magical" thinking about the budget deficit.

Trudeau, in an apparent reversal of longstanding Liberal fiscal policy of balanced budgets, told the media Tuesday that governments should focus on growing the economy "and the budget will balance itself."

The Liberal leader was unclear if he would be committed to deficit elimination if elected.

The Conservatives jumped on the comment Wednesday afternoon in the House of Commons, with MP Chris Warkentin saying Trudeau's comments show the Liberal leader "is in over his head."

Harper said the Liberals "will never balance the budget when (Trudeau) says it will balance magically on its own."

The Conservatives announced Tuesday the budget will be balanced by fiscal year 2015.


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