With the appointment to the federal Senate of Richard Neufeld, Blair Lekstrom, his replacement as the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is now the only Peace River Region MLA…and as you’d expect, because he’s a Liberal, in his budget reaction he sounded like a Liberal… [asset|aid=958|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5c987e82e1d426b63c02412bbd7d6072-Blair Lekstrom 1_2_Pub.mp3]

The budget includes $2.5 billion over three years, to pay for health care projects like the new Fort St. John hospital and nine million for the Peace Region Fair Share agreement.

However, it didn’t impress Opposition leader Carole James, who because she is a New Democrat, in her budget reaction, sounded like a New Democrat… [asset|aid=959|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5c987e82e1d426b63c02412bbd7d6072-James-1_4_Pub.mp3]

Among the things the budget did not address were rising pump prices and in fact the government still has plans to force them up again later this year, with installment two of it’s controversial carbon tax.