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Ritz defends federal budget

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Losing $310 million over the next three years, the federal agriculture department will have to do more with less, its minister said Friday in Regina.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the cuts revealed in Thursday’s federal budget are, “mostly backroom administrative savings”, adding his department “will be delivering the same programs to farmers, to food processors, through a more streamlined administrative process.”

But a emailed note from his office later Friday morning said, “the majority of our savings will be through administrative initiatives. Some programs could also be affected but those details will be outlined in the weeks and months.”

Firing back, Wascana MP Ralph Goodale, said “there is only one envelope in thedepartment of agriculture that has that much scope to it, and that’s safety nets.

 

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By Will Chabun

 

Source: leaderpost.com


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