January 26, 2015 / 4:33 PM / 3 years ago

Canada doesn't need big new round of spending cuts: minister

Canada's Treasury Board President Tony Clement speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government will be able to balance its budget without a major new program to limit spending, Treasury Board President Tony Clement told reporters on Monday.

“There is no plan for a new deficit reduction action plan similar to the one I engaged in 2011-2012,” said Clement, the cabinet minister responsible for federal government spending. “We’re going to be delivering a budget, and it’ll balance the books.”

He said his department would continue to examine programs to see if there is a way of delivering services at lower cost.

Reporting by Mike De Souza; Writing by Randall Palmer, Editing by Franklin Paul

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