10/14/2014 10:30 EDT | Updated 12/14/2014 05:59 EST

Joe Oliver takes questions after morning economists meeting

Finance Minister Joe Oliver met this morning with private-sector economists in Toronto.

Oliver is taking media questions following the meeting.

The Harper government has begun announcing tax goodies for Canadians leading up to a 2015 election.

So far, there has been a cut in unemployment insurance premiums for small businesses and an enhancement of the child fitness tax benefit.

Oliver has predicted a budget surplus by next year.