Some unpopular decisions on how to cut Saskatchewan’s billion dollar deficit, may be made in the new year.
One of them that was hinted by Premier Brad Wall was wage rollbacks or layoffs in the public sector, which takes up 60 per cent of government spending.
Wall says everything’s on the table when it comes to reducing the deficit, including an approach currently being used by the oil and gas companies– reducing employees pay so they can keep working.
He admitted that there will be opposition to whatever decision they make in an effort to reduce the deficit.
Saskatchewan isn’t the only province looking at a large deficit, and at the public sector as a possible sacrificial goat.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has also hinted at possibly opening collective agreements and freezing wages on some workers.