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With the federal budget vote looming, a quick look at some of the numbers

18 hours -- The time left in the debate over the federal budget now that the Conservatives have invoked closure. "Closure" is a procedure to end debate on a motion or stage of a bill. Around-the-clock voting begins Wednesday night. (Source: Toronto Star)

26 closures -- The number of times NDP house leader Nathan Cullen says the Conservatives have invoked closure since winning majority. He claims this breaks the record for all previous governments. (Source: Globe and Mail)

425 pages -- The size of the federal budget.

12 pages -- The average size of the federal budget from 1995 to 2000, according to Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who calls the bill a "Trojan Horse" of legislation. Between 1994 and 2005, budget implementation acts averaged 73.6 pages. (Sources: Maclean's, Globe and Mail)

Four ministers -- The number of former Fisheries ministers who together wrote a letter protesting changes in the budget that affect fish habitat protection. (Source: CBC)

Two -- The number of those ministers who are former federal Conservatives.

1 out of 5 -- The number of positions axed at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC). (Source: The Tyee)

500 websites -- The number of websites that went black to protest changes to Canada's environmental regulations rolled into the budget. (Source: The Tyee)

$10.17 billion -- The amount the Canadian Association of Professional Employees estimated Canada's GDP could drop in the event of an $8 billion cut to the federal budget. CAPE issued the warning before the budget was announced. The actual budget proposes a $5 billion cut.

$8 million -- The amount set aside (despite having to cut $5 billion elsewhere) to investigate the political activities of charities, especially those who receive foreign funding. (Source: The Tyee). Postmedia described this as "an $8-million plan to crack down on conservation groups," likely the ones Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver previously characterized as "environmental and other radical groups" that use "funding from foreign special interest groups." A Liberal senator wondered if the feds will also investigate the Fraser Institute.

One charity -- The number of environmental charities in the list of top 10 foreign-funded charities. That group is Ducks Unlimited. (Source: Canadian Press)

One defenceman -- The number of Tyee builders who are also defencemen on a Stanley Cup winning team. Congratulations, Willie Mitchell! (Nothing to do with the federal budget but we couldn't leave you on a sour note.)

For more on the federal budget, see:

A rough guide to Bill C-38, Maclean's magazine.

Federal politics on The Hook, The Tyee blog of news and politics, and Tyee feature stories that focus on politics.

10 reasons to oppose the Conservatives' Bill C-38,

-- Geoff D'Auria is the web manager, front-page editor of The Tyee and sometime editor of The Hook, The Tyee's political blog. Contact or tweet him on Twitter @geoffreyd123.

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