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I want to thank all of you who have sent me your best wishes over the past week, the response has been overwhelming. As I have settled in to the reality that this will be my last term I have redoubled my efforts on a few key files. Hopefully I will be able to advance them and complete some of the unfinished business. I hate leaving things undone!

This past week was out budget for 2013-2014. Mike de Jong did a great job putting together what I have been calling a “Responsible” budget. Given our commitment to balancing the budget many tough decisions had to be made and priorities set. This, of course means some will be disappointed but when you pull all of the elements of the budget together I think we have a package that people will recognize as being the right budget for the right time.

With the balanced budget we become one of just two Provinces in Canada (the other being Saskatchewan) with a balanced budget. Even once mighty Alberta is facing a $4 billion deficit and...

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