The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. It is difficult to forge a government’s budget, as Finance minister John Manley can attest. Many different interests and options present themselves and must be addressed or dismissed. Some are economic, some are social, some are political. How much can spending be increased? How much can be used to pay down the debt? How can we implement measures that will advance the country but hinder Paul Martin?   Manley’s budget had little bits for everybody, but the telecom sector seemed to get short shrift. While there was money for health services, day care, and the military (albeit less than many had hoped for), the high-tech market was all but ignored. True enough, the Business Development Bank will receive an additional $190 million to boost venture capital expenditures. And the increase of the maximum level of the small business tax rate from $200,000 to $300,000 is being heralded as a boon to those small and medium firms who supply the large telecoms. But the industry had been seeking quick removal of the corporate capital tax. Instead, that will be phased out over five years. The federal government is clearly casting its gaze on the long term. Many provisions in the budget concerning R&D are focused on the university sector. The Canada Foundation for Innovation will get an extra $500 million while research granting councils receive an additional $125 million. Manley released his budget on the same day that British Columbia Finance minister Gary Collins did. The B.C. Liberal also concentrated on the educational field for high-tech development. He earmarked $18 million for the Leading Edge Endowment Fund, a public-private research project. An additional $5 million is being used to advance the B.C. Campus online program. It is hoped that this will expand online learning across the province. In his budget speech, John Manley again trotted out his metaphor of Canada as a "Northern Tiger," a phrase adapted from the "Celtic Tiger" used to describe Ireland’s rebirth as an economic powerhouse in the 1990s. But in the last year Eire has lost 100,000 jobs and inflation is twice the European average. Manley had better be wary of the northern tiger eating crow.