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Ball becomes premier Dec. 14

Dwight Ball and wife Sharon speak to the media at Government House Wednesday.<br />Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Dwight Ball and wife Sharon speak to the media at Government House Wednesday.<br />Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Liberal Party Leader Dwight Ball says he will formally become the province’s 13th premier on Dec. 14, when he will announce a new cabinet.

Liberal Leader Dwight Ball, accompanied by his wife, Sharon, speaks to reporters following his Nov. 30 election win. He’ll be sworn in as premier — and name a new cabinet — on Monday. He will have a selection of veteran faces as well as newcomers from which to pick.

Ball was at Government House this morning for a chat with Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan for one of the formalities of the transition of power.

 

Following the meeting, he spoke to journalists and said that after he officially becomes premier on Dec. 14, Ball will head to a meeting of Atlantic Premiers, before coming home for the swearing in of the province’s 48th general assembly.

 

Amid news from the CBC that the provincial deficit is much bigger than previously expected — reportedly $1.8 billion due to lower than forecast oil prices —  Ball said that he’s still firmly committed to reversing the previous government’s planned hike to the provincial sales tax.

 

Ball said he’ll be sending a letter to the federal Department of Finance asking them to cancel the two percentage point hike which was scheduled to take place at the start of 2016.

 

 

James McLeod

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