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Premier’s shoes had special significance

The premier’s shoes for this year’s budget had been worn once before.

This year’s black leather pair was purchased by Darrell Pasloski for his mother’s memorial service. She passed away in early January after a long illness.

“My mother was fiscally conservative and believed in never buying anything until you can afford it. While the 2014-15 budget provides for record spending, Yukon is in a good fiscal position with a healthy surplus, so we can afford these expenditures. My mother would approve. I am wearing these shoes today to honour her memory,” the premier said in a statement.

Traditionally Canadian finance ministers - a portfolio Pasloski holds along with his top job - pick out shoes specifically in honour of a new budget.

Last year’s budget saw the premier wearing leather mukluks.