OK, time for a reality check on B.C.'s deficits.
Simply put, while arguments about deficits and "who is the better fiscal manager" may make for entertaining politics, there is no compelling economic reason why B.C. cannot run a few years of modest deficits. And in the absence of deep cuts to services, whoever wins the May election would have to run a deficit -- that's the legacy of tax cuts that have deprived the public treasury of revenues needed to adequately fund our public services.
Understanding the difference between deficit and debt
First, a bit of economic literacy: understanding the difference between "deficits" and "debt".