Trudeau says the federal government chose to spend its budget surplus on tax breaks such as income splitting, which benefits only a very small number of Canadians.
The Conservative government has released a fiscal update that projects a $1.9-billion budget surplus next year, which is $4.5 billion less than expected.
That's significantly lower than the $6.4-billion surplus projected in February's budget — due in large part to the government's multibillion-dollar cost-cutting proposals for families.
Trudeau says the Conservative government is too focused on getting re-elected instead of helping middle-class Canadians.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver says Canada is projected to run a $2.9-billion shortfall this fiscal year, matching the government's projection in the federal budget in February.
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