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Alberta Budget 2015: Finance Minister Ceci Uses Dad's Old Workboots As A Symbol

10/26/2015 01:00 EDT | Updated 10/26/2015 01:00 EDT

EDMONTON — Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci is continuing a tradition of new shoes on budget day, but he's trotting out a near-and-dear old pair of workboots.

Ceci says the brown, worn boots were worn by his father, who was a house builder.

He says he kept them as a keepsake after his father died in 2008.


Ceci says the shoes symbolize hard work and are meant to emphasize that Tuesday's budget will help and protect Alberta families.

The NDP has said the budget will run a deficit of almost $6.5 billion, but will also stabilize public services and spur infrastructure building.

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

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