Richard Rohmer's Death by Deficit is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in a near-future Canada where a newly-elected government must contend with a devastating financial crisis that threatens to bankrupt the country. At the same time, the world is engulfed in a pandemic where a virus causing amnesia is running rampant. It's a race against time to restore the economy so they can have the resources to combat the virus - before they forget everything:
"...sooner or later the world markets were going to...how do you North Americans put it?" (pg. 144)
"..the amount the Russians have received are ...how do you say it in America (?)" (pg. 149)
"Your deficit target is...what is it again?" (pg. 149)
"That's how you deal with a budget, isn't it?" (pg. 151)
"Also his Deputy Minister," added Smart.
"Yeah" (pg. 4)
"And if you can't get her, then get the Deputy Governor, whoever it is" (pg. 5)
"The premiers." The PM hadn't considered them. "Of course" (pg. 21)
"You're right, Peter. I'd forgotten you're a lawyer" (pg. 73)
"I have to figure out what to tell that fellow - what's his name, Tromso?" (pg. 73)
"Well, wouldn't it be fair to have the Minister of Agriculture here - what's his name?" (pg. 78)
"If you can't reach anyone there, try the President's Chief of Staff ...what's his name?" (pg. 85)
"That'll give me time to work it into my budget speech if I think...what's his name again?" (pg .161)
"I've already told them it will be there by two-thirty"
"That's right, I did ask you to do that earlier, didn't I? Must be losing it" (pg. 159)