One Day On The Job - New Saskatchewan Party Government 'Invents' Financial Crisis
"Wall issued a warning that the province's finances are in sorry shape because of the stewardship of the NDP government that was swept from office after 16 years in the Nov. 7 provincial election. "I think you're going to see in the days ahead that what the previous government has left behind financially is fairly stark," he told reporters following the ceremony."
Regina Leader Post
November 22, 2007
His comments were immediately challenged (in a polite 'first day on the job' tone) by a local columnist:
"Can you explain, Mr. Gantefoer, [Saskatchewan's new Finance Minister] how we're suddenly in a financial crisis at $95-a-barrel oil and with the Loonie soaring above the U.S. Greenback?
November 22, 2007
It sounds like Brad Wall wants to renege on some of his election promises and also to kill Saskatchewan's new Universal Prescription Drug Plan for ALL citizens over 65 years of age. To kill the plan he needs to invent a financial 'crisis' ..... but what do financial experts from outside of the province have to say ?????? .....
Here is what the National Bank of Canada had to say about the last 14 provincial budgets that the Saskatchewan NDP have delivered:
SASKATCHEWAN BUDGET - A FAMILY BUDGET
• Saskatchewan has brought down a 14th straight budget showing a surplus in the General Revenue Fund.
• A surplus is budgeted for 2007-08, achieved by a draw from the Fiscal Stabilization Fund.
• Total operating expenses are budgeted at $7.79 billion in 2007-08, an increase of 1.4% from the current 2006-07 estimate.
National Bank of Canada
March 22, 2007
-CBC Saskatchewan has more ....
-And even more as Calvert reacts .....