Report shows federal deficit at $5.9 billion halfway through fiscal year

OTTAWA _ The federal government ran a deficit of $5.9 billion over the first half of its fiscal year, a more modest dive into the red than that of the same period one year ago.

Between April and September of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Liberals ran a deficit of $7.8 billion.

For September alone, the government ran a budgetary deficit of $3.2 billion, which was higher than the $2.4 billion recorded during the same month last year.

The monthly fiscal monitor report says government revenue...

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