10/20/2015 14:41 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 01:12 EDT

Trudeau's deficit plans won't be followed in B.C., says finance minister

VICTORIA — Justin Trudeau's federal Liberals are forecasting deficit budgets to rebuild Canada's crumbling infrastructure, but British Columbia isn't planning to change its deficit-fighting ways now that a new government has been elected in Ottawa.

B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong says he expects the province to keep a tight rein on spending in ongoing efforts to produce balanced budgets.

The minister says balanced budgets have served B.C. well and there are no plans to change course.

He says B.C. plans to stress to the incoming prime minister the importance for B.C. and Canada to negotiate a new softwood lumber agreement with the United States.

De Jong says it's too early to comment on Trudeau's campaign promise to halt the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project from Alberta to B.C.'s north coast.

B.C. Attorney General Suzanne Anton says she expects the province to be consulted on proposed changes the new federal government would make to Canada's marijuana laws.




balanced budgets have served the province well and he expects to continue watching the bottom line despite Trudeau's campaign promises to increase


The Canadian Press