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Meanwhile, in Canada, Hell also froze over...

After two years of clamping down under the mantra of getting the fiscal house in order, Quebec's government has delivered a surplus budget that opens the spending taps, albeit cautiously.

"We have laid a solid foundation on which to build our prosperity," said Finance Minister Carlos Leitao in the opening remarks of his budget speech on the floor of the National Assembly.

"Achieving these results was a collective effort … Now all Quebecers will reap the rewards."

The $102.5 billion budget is the third for Premier Philippe Couillard's Liberals, and the second to post a modest surplus. The government projects reinvesting a $2 billion surplus in the Generations Fund, a trust fund created in 2006 to reduce Quebec's public debt...

Quebec Budget 2016: $2B surplus, but little spending wiggle room - Montreal - CBC News

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