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Critics call budget a smokescreen

Despite provincial officials having lit this year’s deficit-fuelledbudget in a rosy glow, critics say dollars are merely being shuffledaround to smokescreen bare-minimum support in vital sectors. <br />

Despite provincial officials having lit this year’s deficit-fuelled budget in a rosy glow, critics say dollars are merely being shuffled around to smokescreen bare-minimum support in vital sectors.

A commitment by Treasury Board president Lloyd Snelgrove to boost infrastructure by $23.2 billion for the 2009-12 Capital Plan, supporting 80,000 jobs this year, is a drop in the bucket to opposition leaders.

“Alberta needed a jobs budget, and the government gave them a welfare budget,” NDP Leader Brian Mason said yesterday. “The budget will create zero new jobs. There is no new capital spending. They’ve squandered a real opportunity today.”

Though health and wellness dollars will be boosted by $558 million, health critics say money is being allocated to vital areas.

 
 
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