February 18, 2015 / 4:28 PM / 3 years ago

Canada's Oliver allows for possible budget after April

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Wednesday allowed for the possibility that the federal budget for the fiscal year that starts on April 1 could come in May, noting his earlier statement only said it would not come before April.

Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

“It could come after April, but that’s not a change of what I said earlier,” Oliver told reporters after a weekly meeting of the Conservative caucus in Parliament.

The budget normally comes in February and March, and Oliver announced on Jan. 15 that oil market volatility meant he would postpone the budget until April or later.. He said on Wednesday that prices were somewhat less volatile than before but that did not change budget timing.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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