01/27/2014 10:46 EST | Updated 03/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Jim Flaherty meets with private-sector economists

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is meeting with private-sector economists and will address the media in Ottawa this morning.

The government is expected to table the budget in the coming weeks. 

The budget is the centrepiece of the government agenda as Parliament returns for its winter sitting. The Conservatives are determined to eliminate the federal deficit by the time voters hit the polls in 2015. 

In his economic update in November, Flaherty projected a surplus of $3.7 billion for 2015-16.