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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's budget deficit will shrink by a quarter in the next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday, without giving precise figures.
"The deficit over the past year has already shrunk by a quarter -- by over 25 percent. And it will shrink by the same amount once again in the year to come," he said in remarks to a lunch in Brampton, Ontario.
Harper's office provided reporters with a copy of his speech.
Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman