The spring session of the 28th Legislature in Saskatchewan is set to begin Monday and politicians on both sides of the house are prepared for a busy few weeks.
Premier Brad Wall says during this session there will be a number of issues which need to be debated.
But he says none are more important than the budget.
“We have to make some key decisions,” said Premier Wall. ” We have to balance the budget and we’ve got to do it without shocking the economy.”
Premier Wall says there is optimism in Saskatchewan and he says it’s important the government doesn’t do anything to dampen that enthusiasm.
“Right now we’re seeing some significant signs of economic renewal,” said Wall.
“There’s optimism out there. So, we have to make sure what we do with respect to the budget doesn’t dampen that unnecessarily. We also have to make sure we continue to provide quality of public service.”
Wall says other issues like municipal revenue sharing will also be up for discussion, but the Premier says everything is on the table and the province is prepared to discuss it.
“These things need to be paramount as we consider this budget and that means we’ll have to ask ourselves the question; can we get it all to balance?” said Wall. “Or do we lay out a short-term plan to get it to balance so we can maintain a strong economy and prority of getting the budget back to balance.”
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Opposition interim Leader Trent Wotherspoon says the NDP fully intends to hold Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party to account.