Now that the federal government is teetering on the verge of its first budget deficit in a decade, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is publicly considering the possibility of selling off the CN Tower to help balance the books—and pay for Prime Minister Harper‘s still-planned tax cuts. The building, until last year the world’s tallest freestanding structure, is owned by Canada Lands Company, a crown corporation. Flaherty’s musing should not come as a surprise to local residents: as Ontario finance minister, he pushed for the sale of publicly owned assets such as TV Ontario, the LCBO, and Ontario Place. Torontoist’s suggestion: sell the iconic concrete hulk to Canadian Tire. At least then the name wouldn’t change much.