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Pink Ink Part II

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I was thinking a little more about Manitoba's deficit over Christmas while I was in Edmonton. My hometown was all abuzz over the Alberta government's brilliant plans to tackle its $4 billion budget gap.

No more maxi pads for the mentally ill!

As part of some petty, punitive cuts that hit disabled people and the poor the hardest, the province decided to quit paying for toiletries and snacks for patients at Alberta Hospital, which is my home province's version of the Selkirk mental hospital. It took about two milliseconds for the backlash to force Alberta's health minister to reconsider, but not before one smart letter writer noted the cuts to the mentally ill would have put the government a piddly 0.006 per cent closer to erasing the deficit.

And, in my earlier post, I forgot to mention Ontario's debt fighting idea: Sell off the power company and the liquor stores.

It does make Manitoba's $512-million hole look quite a bit smaller.

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