Saskatchewan premier wants $570M from Ottawa in federal budget
REGINA – Saskatchewan has put money into a federal program to help other provinces and now it’s time to get some payback, says Premier Brad Wall.
Wall says he’d like Saskatchewan to get at least $570 million in new funding in next week’s federal budget. That’s the amount the province will pay into equalization this year.
Equalization transfers funds from “have” to “have-not” provinces so that poorer jurisdictions can offer government services at levels similar to elsewhere.
Wall says it doesn’t make sense that Saskatchewan continues to contribute so much at a time when the province’s energy sector is struggling.
“And so we’re not asking to get any more, we’re not asking to have our status changed. We like being a “have” province,” Wall said Wednesday during the second week of campaigning for the April 4 provincial election.
“We’re just saying recognition … that Saskatchewan taxpayers are putting this money in at a time of energy sector challenge — recognition being having some equivalent amount of money come back from the federal government in the budget — I think that’s fair.”
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