Alberta has enjoyed the advantages of its flourishing oil and gas industries for decades, becoming an economic juggernaut in Canada. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan has struggled to maintain and grow its economy. It was only a few years ago that Saskatchewan was able to proclaim itself a “have” province.
All year, the USSU lobbied for improved childcare, better Aboriginal inclusion on campus, a provincial scholarship plan and for consistent tuition increases. The budget took all these issues into consideration.
Within hours of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's unveiling of the 2011 federal budget, opposition and lobby group leaders alike made it clear they were not in a position to support the government's financial proposals.
Education and training were of particular importance in the 2011 federal budget, entitled “A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth,” unveiled March 22.
Premier Brad Wall presented a $200 million cheque to the Saskatoon Health region Thursday morning, keeping a budget promise from 2008.
The University of Saskatchewan received a smaller grant increase to the operating budget from the provincial government than it had hoped for the 2010-11 school year.
The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union's 2010-11 operating budget predicts a deficit of $415,514, although VP operations and finance Scott Hitchings insists it is a "planned, one-year deficit."
While its title was “Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth,” the Conservatives' March 4 federal budget offered little for students seeking such prosperity in the near future. Although some funding previously cut was restored, it still adresses students as an afterthought.
Employment growth ”” including more support for youth seeking jobs ”” was one of the top priorities in the Conservative government's 2010 budget released on March 4.