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The Peace Tower of Parliament Hill is seen with the Supreme Court of Canada on May 22, 2014 in Ottawa.

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The federal government ran a surplus of $1.6-billion in June compared with a surplus or $200-million in the same month last year.

The Finance Department said the increase came as revenue climbed $900-million or 3.8 per cent due to higher revenues from non-resident income tax, excise taxes and duties and employment insurance premiums.

Program spending was down $700-million or 3.2 per cent due to lower direct program expenses. Public debt charges increased by $100-million or 5.1 per cent.

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For the April-to-June period the government had a surplus of $400-million compared with a deficit of $2.6-billion in the same period a year ago.

Revenues for the fiscal year to date were up $2.5-billion or 3.8 per cent, while program spending was down $400-million or 0.7 per cent.

Public debt charges for the period were down $49-million, or 0.6 per cent.

The fiscal monitor said the results for the first three months of the fiscal year provided limited information with respect to the outlook for the year as a whole, but suggested the results were on track with the spring budget.

An update of the economic and fiscal outlook for the year is expected in the fall.

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