Saskatchewan government to start spring sitting, present its budget in April

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe plans to present the province's next budget on April 6.

The premier's office says he has written to the Speaker of the assembly asking for an eight-week spring sitting of the legislature to also start that day.

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Moe says in a statement that his Saskatchewan Party government will table the 2021-22 budget with a focus on seeing the province through the COVID-19 pandemic and into an economic recovery.

During last fall's election campaign, Moe said he wouldn't' increase taxes or cut government spending in response to the pandemic and he promised to eliminate the deficit by 2024.

The Ministry of Finance projects the deficit to be about $2 billion.

The budget usually comes down in March but a spokeswoman says the government can schedule a later sitting after an election.

Moe's office says officials needed more time to prepare the budget because the spending plan wasn't fully released until last June as a result of economic uncertainly caused by the pandemic.

It says another factor is the impact of COVID-19.

"Even with this delay, we will still almost certainly be the first government to present two full budgets during the pandemic," said press secretary Julie Leggott.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 28, 2021

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