Finance Minister Kevin Doherty will be wearing a pair of re-soled shoes when he delivers the provincial budget on Tuesday.
He said the shoes are a symbol of a province that is home to a strong, recovering economy and a resource base that needs some tweaking.
“These shoes are perfectly good to use, they just need some tweaking, they needed some adjustments, not unlike our economy. We’ve got a very good economy here in the province of Saskatchewan, we’ve got lots of metrics indicating that our economy is coming back,” Doherty said.
Doherty added the province needs to make adjustments to the revenue base to continue to deliver needed services.
Something Premier Brad Wall hinted at on Monday when he announced a change to the province’s tax system, one that will focus less on resource revenue and more on consumption taxes.
Wall also announced a three-year plan to pay off the provinces estimated $1.2-billion deficit.
The province has titled the budget, “Meeting the Challenge”.
Meanwhile the Official Opposition NDP provided a pair of hip waders for Minister Doherty.
NDP MLA for Saskatoon Nutana Cathy Sproule says they know the province will be flooded with red ink with the debt as high as it is, and the hip waders will help them wade through the flood of ink.
“We thought we would be helpful and provide these hip waders, because we know right now he’s really deep in red ink,” Sproule said referring to Finance Minister Kevin Doherty.