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Chretien confirms spending in Saskatchewan

REGINA, Sask. -- As expected, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, didn't arrive in Saskatchewan empty-handed on Wednesday...

REGINA, Sask. — As expected, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, didn’t arrive in Saskatchewan empty-handed on Wednesday.

Chretien showed up in town armed with the promise of $82 million to go towards the twinning of key highways in the province. That will be matched by the province, meaning $164 million will be spent on Saskatchewan highways over the next few years.

“The infrastructure of the country has been neglected for too long and now that we have a balanced budget for the seventh year in a row and a bit of cash, it’s good to invest it in the security of the people who travel on the roads of Saskatchewan,” Chretien says.

The money will go towards twinning the Trans-Canada Highway on both the east and west sides of the province. The Yellowhead Highway between North Battleford and the Alberta border will also receive attention.

Twinning of the TCH within Saskatchewan is now expected to wrap up by the year 2007.

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