Sask. politicians offer two views on federal budget

Politicians in Saskatchewan offered differing views on the federal budget unveiled today, with the governing Saskatchewan Party expressing approval and the opposition NDP being critical. Provincial Finance Minister Ken Krawetz said there were no major surprises, as far as he was concerned, in the federal budget. He said stable transfer payments and money for on-reserve education were priorities for Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan MP accused of promoting gun-toting youths

Saskatchewan Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz is under fire for allegedly promoting the notion that young people should carry guns, an accusation he denies. The allegation came from Liberal MP Judy Foote, who raised the issue during question period in the House of Commons. “The member from Yorkton-Melville told a classroom of Ottawa high school students, some as young as 14,

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Sask. NDP worried about federal budget cuts

Today’s budget is expected to hold $7 billion in budget cuts, although Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the spending changes will be modest. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) With a belt-tightening federal budget expected today, Saskatchewan’s NDP opposition is worried about costs being offloaded onto this province. Cuts are expected because there’s a deficit of about $33 billion and the government has

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Patient care jeopardized by drug-shortage crisis: Top doctor

Canadians are facing a national drug-shortage crisis that is causing “anxiety, pain and harm” to patients across the country, the head of the nation’s largest physicians’ group warned Thursday. In a prepared speech to be delivered to members of the House of Commons health committee, Canadian Medical Association president Dr. John Haggie said patient care is being interrupted as doctors

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