Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is a man on a mission.
And his mission is to reduce the province’s budget deficit before the situation gets out of hand. He wants to make it easier for the government to balance the budget in the future.
In his recent interviews, Wall told the media that he’s keeping all options open when it comes to reducing the deficit. At present, the most popular option is to achieve that singular and singularly important goal by reducing government spending, a textbook conservative solution to balancing the budget.
Deficit and delays
One of the best things about Wall’s proposals for dealing with the budget on an immediate basis is his hands-on approach to solving economic problems today, rather than tomorrow. While many other political parties think about letting their successors deal with the economic mess they leave behind, Wall is insistent that the deficit problem should be resolved on an urgent basis.
“The worst thing we could do for health and education is delay this decision so that in five or six years the problem is compounded so seriously that what some government down the road would have to do would set us back,” he says.
Comparing Saskatchewan and Alberta
The 2008 financial crisis affected all the provinces similarly. It created huge problems for the economy in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. It led to increasing unemployment and a deficit that mounted higher every day.
But, in terms of reacting to the economic crises, the approach of both provinces could not have been more different. For instance, Rachel Notley and her party want to improve Alberta’s economic condition by imposing new taxes. Wall, on the other hand, doesn’t want to trouble citizens with the government’s troubles. He wants to deal with the problem by cutting government expenditures rather than making the citizens’ wallets lighter.
The difference is clear. Which policy would you rather prefer?