Seems that finance minister Jerome Kennedy isn’t the only fellow out there conducting the annual budget “consultation” farce this year.
According to the Southern Gazette, justice minister Darin King “acknowledged, as part of a small cabinet committee appointed by Premier Kathy Dunderdale to bring budget recommendations back to government, he was asked to split the pre-budget consultations with Mr. Kennedy.”
Apparently, the idea is to have a bunch of ministers fan out across the province so they can come back with ideas on how to get through a “couple of years” when oil production will be down and things will be tough.
A couple of years.
Only two years?
That’s an interesting way to put it.
What’s more interesting is the way the Southern Gazette led into their story on the Marystown session:
It was largely more ‘doom and gloom’ from Justice Minister Darin King, as he conducted a provincial pre-budget consultation in Marystown Friday afternoon.
King had company at his session. Education minister Clyde Jackman tagged along.
And that small group King mentioned? It includes Nick McGrath, the province’s government services minister.