MNI: Canada June YOY Budget Surplus Narrows As Spending Up 10%
Canada's federal budget surplus narrowed in June from a year ago as program spending climbed 10% and interest charges grew by half.
The surplus was CAD2.1 billion in June compared with CAD4.9 billion a year ago, the finance department said Friday from Ottawa. Program spending rose CAD2.9 billion led by increased seniors' payouts while revenue gained CAD1.4 billion or 3.9%. Public debt charges jumped 55% or by CAD1.3 billion, reflecting the central bank's cycle of nine interest-rate increases into June.
The first three months of Canada's fiscal year that began in April showed a similar trend with the deficit narrowing to CAD3.6 billion from CAD10.2 billion.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's March budget estimated a CAD43 billion deficit in fiscal 2022-23 and CAD40.1 billion in the fiscal year that began April 1. Investors criticized the failure to seek a balanced budget amid a strong rebound and a central bank struggling to cool inflation. (See: MNI INTERVIEW:Busted Canada Debt Goal Means Pain Later-Ex Aide) The government still has CAD44 billion of cash stockpiled during the pandemic slump. That's down from CAD96 billion a year ago.
Source: Finance Department