These days, such bills often reach well past federal budget measures, and today's was no different — it touches on everything from revoking the passports of suspected terrorists to retirement-plan contributions of MPs to the now-defunct long-gun registry.
Still, compared to previous efforts, the bill seems streamlined for quick passage — it weighs in at just 167 pages, compared with last year's hefty 359-page document.
The latest bill does include changes outlined in last month's fiscal plan — balanced-budget legislation, higher contribution limits for tax-free savings accounts and some of the government's election-critical family-friendly benefit measures.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver presented a fiscal plan last month that predicts the government will run a $1.4-billion surplus in 2015-16.
The House of Commons is scheduled to sit no later than June 23 before rising prior to the scheduled federal vote Oct. 19.
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