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New Saskatchewan legislative session May 17, budget June 1

The newly renovated dome of the Legislative Building is set to be unveiled on May 16, one day before the new Legislative Session. Brandon Gonez / Global News

REGINA – The first session of the newly-elected Saskatchewan legislature is set to begin on May 17.

The session will begin with the election of the speaker in the morning and the Throne speech in the afternoon.

Premier Brad Wall said the new government will focus on the province’s finances, strengthening the economy and standing up for Saskatchewan’s interests nationally.

The provincial budget is expected to be tabled on June 1.

“Obviously, the budget will be tight as we work to keep our provincial finances strong and get back to a balanced budget by 2017,” Premier Brad Wall said in a statement.

In February, the government forecast a $427 million deficit due to falling oil prices.

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Wall said the government will also focus on selling 40 of 75 government-owned liquor stores.

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The newly renovated dome of the Legislative Building will be unveiled on May 16, the day before the new session.

With files from The Canadian Press

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