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By THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA - Jean Chretien says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is conveniently ignoring the fact that Liberals - not Conservatives - did all the heavy lifting required to elminate the federal deficit.
"We balanced the books . . . and they forget to mention that," the former Liberal prime minister said in a brief interview Thursday.
Through the opening two weeks of the federal election campaign, Harper has repeatedly warned that the Liberals would drive the country back into a deficit with billions in unaffordable, reckless spending promises. He reiterated the theme Thursday in response to Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's promise to invest $70 billion over 10 years in infrastructure.
By contrast, Harper has painted himself and the Conservatives as models of fiscal rectitude.
But Chretien suggested Harper has got it backwards.