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Liberals want to "encourage people to be engaged in the workforce," he said.
The federal deficit hit $12.7 billion first eight months of 2016, from a $1-billion surplus a year earlier.
"There's no evidence in these submissions that they ever adjusted Budget 2016 after they settled on it in the fall of 2015."
Chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts say they followed the rules, but don't feel comfortable about some of the relocation costs.
"It is something I was hoping we would never have to do."
Only the players have changed.
The prime minister wrapped up a two-day cabinet retreat Monday, praising his government's accomplishments thus far.
The Privy Council Office asked Google 51 times to remove Harper material from its search results.
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Government insiders, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there would be few surprises in the budget.
Canadian opinion on the question of whether physicians should be allowed, by law, to help end the lives of people who no longer wish to live is intricately nuanced. The Trudeau government must demonstrate a grasp of how complex the issue is, and how the individual moral codes of Canadians impact their thinking.
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"We made political hay out of this file and it's up to me and our government to deliver."
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The Trudeau government announced a new process for Senate appointments Thursday.
"The Senate needs to change. We need to end the partisan nature of the Senate."