...They make taxpayers and voters feel good about the government, the finance minister and the budget. And that's not an appropriate way to spend taxpayers' dollars," MacLean told reporters at the legislature Tuesday.
"When the implicit message in the advertising is that Andrew Thomson is looking out for you, that's not acceptable."
But Thomson was unapologetic about his presence in the ads.
"One of the reasons that I'm in them is that it's my budget and it's one of the opportunities I have to remind people that this is a budget that we've introduced," he said.
No, Minister. It's our budget.