Alberta finance minister to wear repeat shoes for budget day


Each year before the provincial budget is tabled, the Minister of Finance chooses a new pair of shoes to wear on Budget Day. But this year, Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews is changing the game.

In one video published by the province On Monday, Toews revealed he would again wear the shoes he chose for last year’s provincial budget. Last year, Toews wore a pair of cowboy boots purchased from the Alberta Boot Company in Calgary.

“They’ve served me well over the past year and I’ll be wearing them again this year,” Toews said in the video.

Finance Minister Travis Toews buys new boots from the Alberta Boot Company in Calgary for Budget 2021.

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The Minister of Finance goes on to say that the Alberta Budget 2022 “is a budget for you, for your future, for the future of your children and for the future of Alberta”.

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“So let’s all put on our shoes and start moving forward.”

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From wellies and work boots, to running shoes and ballet flats, the video shows people from all walks of life putting on their shoes to get through their day.

“Every day, Albertans put on their shoes to go to work, earn a living and support themselves and their families,” Toews can be heard saying in the video.

Toews acknowledges that the past two years have been difficult for Albertans, many of whom have lost their jobs or changed jobs amid the uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shoe reveal comes ahead of a busy week in the Alberta Legislature, which kicks off Tuesday with a throne speech. Next, Alberta’s 2022 budget will be tabled on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Premier Jason Kenney said a big part of the upcoming provincial budget will be about increasing the capacity of Alberta’s health care system.

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Health care will be the subject of heated debate as the Alberta government prepares to table its budget

Health care will be the subject of heated debate as the Alberta government prepares to table its budget

New shoes for a new budget have become a Canadian parliamentary tradition, but the origin is unclear.

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Global News contacted Toews’ office for an interview.

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