Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy speaking to the St. John's Board of Trade. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy was at the St. John's Board of Trade today to defend his budget.
It's been a rough ride for the government since the budget was released on March 28 when Kennedy slashed spending across the board, and laid off close to 1,000 civil servants.
Kennedy didn't spend much time talking about budget specifics. Instead, he talked about the broad picture.
He said layoffs were necessary, but they're not something the politicians took lightly.
"This has been a tough task for all ministers, and especially the premier," he said.
Kennedy also spent some time talking about what it means for the province to be off equalization. As a "have" province, Kennedy said people can "stand with pride" but it also has a downside.
"It means we have less money," he said.
Kennedy said he's fine with criticism, but he's convinced that the government is doing the right thing, even if its not as politically popular.
See Saturday's Telegram for more coverage from the minister's speech.