William Watson: Trying to digest 159 ways to improve a country

I spent seven hours Wednesday confined with several hundred other columnists, reporters, financial analysts, policy wonks, cameramen, video editors, sound engineers and so on at the federal government’s annual budget lock-up.You line up at 9:30 a.m. in the Ottawa Convention Centre, show ID to confirm your registration, surrender your cellphone and sign an agreement not to—well, I don’t exactly know what I agreed not to do since I didn’t read what I was signing but I presume it was not to disclose any of the budget’s contents until the minister of finance rose in the House of Commons, which he

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