Legislative Updates

Report from the Legislature October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

During a decade of growth Saskatchewan has seen the construction of new homes for those in need, new schools to serve a growing population, new hospitals and long-term care facilities to replace out-of-date facilities and new highways to move people and products safely.   During this time, we have worked to improve existing homes, hospitals, highways and other vital infrastructure that...

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Report from the Legislature October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017

  TransCanada has cancelled its application to build the Energy East pipeline.   Energy East would have created thousands of jobs, contributed billions of dollars in tax revenue and boosted Canada’s economy by around $55 billion – all from exclusively private sector investment.   The...

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Report from the Legislature September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017

Moody’s Investors Service recently confirmed Saskatchewan’s Aaa credit rating.   Moody’s rating confirmation is thanks in large part to our 3-year plan to return to a balanced budget. The dividends of some difficult decisions in the budget are paying off with lower debt financing costs, and stability for our finances.   The first time Saskatchewan ever received...

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Report from the Legislature September 7, 2017

September 7, 2017

From early learning and Pre-K to K-12 and post-secondary, students of all ages from rural communities to Saskatchewan’s cities are returning to school this week. Parents, teachers and bus drivers, counselors, EAs and admin, school support and maintenance staff are working together to ensure they receive a high-quality education. The start of a new school year can be an exciting time for all students and staff but it’s...

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Report from the Legislature August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017

Saskatchewan’s new Protection & Response Team (PRT) will help address crime, including in rural communities, with 258 armed resources to help across the province. The new PRT is being created in response to recommendations by the Caucus Committee on Crime and will consist of armed officers who will have arrest and detention powers. The PRT will be comprised of: 120...

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Report from the Legislature August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

After serving as Premier of Saskatchewan for nearly 10 years, Premier Brad Wall announced that he will be retiring from the position and elected politics when his party elects a new Leader. Premier Wall had this to say about his retirement, and of the record of the government since first being elected to office in 2007: This November will mark 10 years since I had the incredible honour of being elected as Premier of this...

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Report from the Legislature July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

Report from the Legislature July 27, 2017 It is important to respond to a question that comes up every so often in Saskatchewan.  You have likely heard someone, somewhere ask “where did the money go?” The answer is simple and it’s worth repeating. It was invested in what matters to Saskatchewan people – debt repayment, tax relief, infrastructure improvements,...

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Report from the Legislature June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

Saskatchewan residents who pay income tax will soon be paying less and Saskatchewan people with lower incomes will receive a boost in their tax credit amounts. Starting July 1, 2017, Saskatchewan Personal Income Tax rates will drop by half a percentage point, supporting our government’s growth agenda and improving Saskatchewan’s tax competitiveness. Saskatchewan Personal Income Tax rates...

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Report from the Legislature June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017

Our government has worked hard to increase the complement of physicians and specialists in Saskatchewan through training, retention, and international recruitment. The Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment is a made-in-Saskatchewan solution created under our government to assess foreign-trained family physicians. Sixteen doctors recently completed the assessment. ...

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Report from the Legislature June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

The words thank you don’t even begin to describe how grateful Saskatchewan is to have received an extraordinary gift from the Jim Pattison Foundation. A $50 million donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CFHS), is going to benefit children and families for generations to come. In honour of this unprecedented generosity, the hospital will be named the...

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Report from the Legislature May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

Recent economic indicators show the resilience of Saskatchewan’s diversified economy.  Exports are up significantly and Saskatchewan is outpacing the national average in manufacturing, retail sales, wholesale trade and building permit growth. Just recently we celebrated the province’s first new potash mine in decades, the K+S project, as well as the Esterhazy K3 mine.  There is also the PCS expansion in...

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Report from the Legislature May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

The provincial budget has generated discussion inside the legislature and across the province.  Many of the difficult decisions highlighted a Legislative Session that saw Saskatchewan move away from its reliance on resource revenues and ensure the economy and finances stay strong. In the long run, it is better to make tough but necessary choices today and avoid kicking the deficit can down the road for someone else...

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Report from the Legislature May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

  Our government is concerned with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) plan to end the local service subsidy regime. Eliminating the subsidy designed to keep wireline voice service affordable in high cost areas would force SaskTel to raise the cost of telephone service. This proposed plan would impact 100,000 SaskTel...

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Report from the Legislature May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

Saskatchewan’s growing population, job creation, consumer confidence and investment speaks to the resilience and diversity of our economy. This week billions of dollars in investment, thousands of construction jobs, and 400 new permanent positions were celebrated at the opening of Saskatchewan's first new potash mine in over 40 years.  Thank you to K+S...

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Report from the Legislature April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

As our government works to meet the challenge of persistently low commodity prices, our economy is growing stronger.  This week we learned that Saskatchewan’s diversified economy has produced the strongest wholesale sales growth in all of Canada. Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade numbers for February build on two consecutive months of job growth, as well as strong manufacturing, retail and new vehicle sales, increased...

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Report from the Legislature April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

There are many areas of Saskatchewan’s already diverse economy that are strong and getting stronger.  For example, new numbers show manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan are up nearly 23% over last year.  Building permits are up 10%, housing starts are up 50%, and Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow at a pace our province hasn’t seen in 90 years. Saskatchewan had Canada’s...

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Report from the Legislature April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017

Every day we see momentum in Saskatchewan’s resilient and diversified economy, including two consecutive months of encouraging year-over-year job growth. This week we learned that oil drilling doubled in the last quarter – a positive sign after Saskatchewan added another 2,000 jobs in the latest Statistics Canada report. In the past year, 4,300 jobs were created in Regina and 1,100 in Saskatoon, with...

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Report from the Legislature April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017

Premier Wall travelled to Washington D.C. this week to promote the continuation of a strong trade relationship and free trade between Canada and the U.S. as a benefit to both countries.  In addition to meetings with elected officials and members of the new administration, the Premier also delivered a keynote address and took part in a panel discussion on trade at the Heritage Foundation. A number of specific...

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Report from the Legislature March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

Saskatchewan's diversified economy continues to attract new investment with 185 construction jobs and 555 permanent jobs announced in the past week alone. This includes Brandt’s expansion plans to supply renewable power, Grain Millers $100 million expansion in Yorkton and two new G3 grain elevators near Melville and Saskatoon. This activity highlights the importance of maintaining the Saskatchewan...

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Report from the Legislature March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

The 2017-18 Provincial Budget is about decisions that will make our economy stronger and more competitive while dealing with the challenge of lower resource prices. As you know, resource revenue in Saskatchewan has declined more than $1 billion and has stayed low for three years now, depleting reserves and the rainy-day fund. Due the resource sector slowdown, tax revenue is down by hundreds of millions...

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Report from the Legislature March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

Despite the slowdown in the resource sector that has impacted government revenues for nearly three years, Saskatchewan is leading the nation with Canada’s highest rate of job growth. Of the 15,000 jobs created in all of Canada in February, 8,000 were created in Saskatchewan.  Along with recent reports on retail sales, manufacturing sales and wholesale trade growth, the latest job numbers show the...

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Report from the Legislature March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017

Saskatchewan agriculture deserves to be in the spotlight every day.  Saskatchewan farmers, ranchers, producers, processors and researchers are the very best at what they do. They feed Canada and through their industry, innovation and risk-taking, they feed the world. Saskatchewan is the country’s largest producer of lentils, chickpeas, durum wheat, and flaxseed. Our province is a leader...

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Report from the Legislature March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017

This week Saskatchewan was named the world’s most attractive place to invest in mining, according to the latest survey of global mining companies. Sensible regulations and tax rates lifted our province to the top. While Saskatchewan secured top spot as the most attractive place to invest in mining, the survey found that after announcing a new carbon tax, “unattractive policies”...

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Report from the Legislature February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017

Saskatchewan cities, towns, villages and RMs continue to grow, according to the new Census population count by Statistics Canada.  Saskatchewan’s 6.3% growth rate (2011-2016) was second-highest among the provinces with Saskatoon and Regina among the fastest-growing cities in Canada. All 16 Saskatchewan cities saw their populations increase by a total of 9.9%.  Saskatchewan...

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Report from the Legislature February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017

Saskatchewan's manufacturing sales are leading the nation.  Despite ongoing world commodity price challenges, this sector and our economy is showing signs of strength. According to Statistics Canada, manufacturing sales were $1.2 billion in November, up 12.2% (seasonally adjusted) over last year, and nearly six times the national average. The challenges we have faced with lower resource prices...

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Report from the Legislature January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

Health Funding Agreement Reached with Federal Government This week we reached a 10-year agreement with the federal government on health care funding. The deal ensures long-term sustainability of our health system while adding nearly $350 million in new funding to expand mental health services and home care for Saskatchewan people. Our government is also looking forward to demonstrating...

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Report from the Legislature January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017

Government Announces Move to Single Provincial Health Authority Our government has accepted all of the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Advisory Panel on Health System Structure, and announced this week that the province will consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into one single Provincial Health Authority. Our government is committed to providing high quality...

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Report from the Legislature December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016

Welcome to Saskatchewan! Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow. Our provincial population grew by 4,761 people in last quarter, an increase of 18,007 people over the past year.  This brings us to a record 1,155,393 people who call Saskatchewan home. We have welcomed 162,000 new residents in the past 10 years.  This decade of sustained growth is the most growth...

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Report from the Legislature December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

Saskatchewan Attracting Energy Investment According to an annual global survey of energy-sector executives, Saskatchewan is increasingly becoming an attractive place for energy investment. Saskatchewan ranks as the 4th best jurisdiction in the world to invest in petroleum exploration and production – behind only Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Saskatchewan’s position...

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Report from the Legislature December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

Members of the Legislative Assembly mourn the passing of our good friend and colleague Roger Parent, MLA for Saskatoon-Meewasin.  Roger, a strong advocate and proud representative for his community and province, passed away November 29 with family members at his side. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Roger’s family.  His passing was sudden and came as a shock to our Caucus and...

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Report from the Legislature November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016

Falling Tax Revenue Requires Fiscal Restraint During the NDP’s last 16 years in government, Saskatchewan was a have-not province with a declining population receiving equalization payments.  Since our government was elected, Saskatchewan is a have province with a growing population that’s no longer dependent on equalization. Over the past 9 years, Saskatchewan has...

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Report from the Legislature November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016

Carbon Tax Reality in Saskatchewan From agriculture, to mining, to oil & gas, thousands of people make their living in industries that are especially vulnerable to the federal government’s carbon tax. Farmers who are opposed to the Prime Minister’s plan to hike their costs and make them less competitive decided to send a message to Ottawa this week. WATCH:...

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Report from the Legislature November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

  Honouring Saskatchewan’s Veterans and Fallen Soldiers Dignitaries and representatives of the public service came together this week to pay tribute to veterans and those who gave their lives in time of war and service of peace.  We paid tribute to Saskatchewan’s veterans, including members of the public service who answered the call to arms. The Canadian Armed...

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Report from the Legislature November 3, 2016

November 3, 2016

Government Taking Action to Combat Impaired Driving Saskatchewan has the highest per capita number of impaired driving fatalities in Canada.  This week our government took further action to prevent impaired driving in Saskatchewan.  Effective January 1, 2017, amendments to the Traffic Safety Act will: Add a three-day vehicle seizure for experienced drivers...

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Report from the Legislature October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

Saskatchewan Party Government Stands United Against Justin Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Our government sent a clear message to Ottawa this week by voting unanimously to oppose Justin Trudeau’s unilaterally imposed federal carbon tax.  We asked the NDP to stand up and join the government in fighting for Saskatchewan’s interests but they wouldn’t do it. The Prime Minister’s carbon...

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Report from the Legislature October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Earlier this week our government released Saskatchewan’s White Paper on Climate Change, outlining an alternative approach to Prime Minister Trudeau’s national carbon tax. The Saskatchewan Plan for Climate Change focuses on innovation and adaptation, technological solutions to help the planet, rather than a complete focus on taxes that will cost Saskatchewan...

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Report from the Legislature September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

Premier Promoting Province’s Food and Energy Strengths in Asia I am proud to serve in a government that understands the need to keep our economy strong by opening up export markets and encouraging growth. Saskatchewan has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs and that includes the growing Asian market.  This is why we’re leading a trade mission to South Korea and China to expand our relationship...

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Report from the Legislature September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

Saskatchewan Education Funding is #1 Canada Since 2007, our government has increased education funding by over $1 billion.  This includes 40 new schools and 25 major renovations across Saskatchewan. Record funding to school divisions has also helped to hire over 700 new teachers and nearly 200 student support workers in the province. A new...

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Report from the Legislature August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

New Smaller Cabinet Includes Four New Faces Saskatchewan has a new cabinet. It is smaller than before which means a savings to taxpayers of about $450,000 a year. This is an important step as we work to reduce costs to taxpayers all across government to help balance the budget. The new cabinet has a strong blend of experience and new faces that will serve the province well as we meet...

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Report from the Legislature August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016

Efforts to Ensure Grain Transportation System is Ready to Meet Demand Saskatchewan farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses are doing their part to keep our economy strong.  With improved varieties and agronomic practices, production levels are growing and we are encouraged to see that crops across the province are doing particularly well. Our government, along with grain producers...

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Report from the Legislature July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016

Stay Up to Date on Husky Oil Spill Response I want to say thank you to provincial and municipal officials who have been working around the clock to respond to the Husky oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River. The Government of Saskatchewan has been working tirelessly to ensure potable water is available to people in the affected communities along the North Saskatchewan river.

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Report from the Legislature July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016

Hundreds of Applications Already Approved for First Home Plan   Summer marks the start of a new chapter in the lives of recent graduates.  Our government understands the importance of encouraging these grads to stay and start a career in Saskatchewan.  The Graduate Retention Program (GRP) – First Home Plan is part of our plan to do just that.   The plan...

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Report from the Legislature June 16, 2016

June 16, 2016

Saskatchewan’s Population Continues to Grow Saskatchewan’s population grew to another all-time high in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada. There were 1,146,655 people living in Saskatchewan as of April 1, 2016 – up 4,085 from January 1, 2016 and up 16,118 over the past year. Saskatchewan’s population has now...

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Report from the Legislature June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016

Saskatchewan people can expect to see work on highway projects in virtually every corner of the province. This year’s plan includes major projects in addition to much-needed repairs to many of our rural highways that will keep our growing economy strong. Beyond benefiting economic activity and employment, our government’s Highways 2020 Plan will see a surge in funding used to make our roads safer. Over...

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Report from the Legislature June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016

This week Finance Minister Kevin Doherty tabled Saskatchewan’s 2016-17 Budget.   This budget is part of our government’s responsible and affordable plan to keep Saskatchewan strong.   Despite a challenging year for the province’s finances, there are...

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Report from the Legislature May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

A promise to let post-secondary graduates use up to $10,000 of their Graduate Retention Program (GRP) credits towards the down payment on their first home, is a promise kept.  The Government of Saskatchewan is now taking applications for the First Home Plan. The First Home Plan will help recent grads who have the income to qualify for a mortgage, but may be having challenges saving for a down payment. ...

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Report from the Legislature May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

 An historic week in Saskatchewan started with the swearing-in of Members of the Legislative Assembly and followed with a big reveal atop the Legislative Building in Regina.   The dome has been restored to look just as it did when the legislature was first built. While its brilliant copper shine is only temporary, this historic restoration will preserve the building and ensure its structural safety for...

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Report from the Legislature February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016

Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage Over the past eight years we have worked to create the Saskatchewan Advantage – a plan to grow and strengthen Saskatchewan through low taxes, sound fiscal management and a stable regulatory regime.  We’ve done this because we know a growing economy will help us maintain a high quality of life. The Saskatchewan Advantage would be at risk under...

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Report from the Legislature February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016

Saskatchewan Physician Numbers Continue to Rise From the very beginning our government made it a priority to train, recruit and retain more doctors for Saskatchewan.  Today there are nearly 650 more physicians practising in the province than there were in 2007.  This growth can be attributed to a number of initiatives, including: the implementation of the Saskatchewan International...

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Report from the Legislature February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016

Strong Saskatchewan Job Growth The strength and resiliency of Saskatchewan’s economy is evident as our province posted one of Canada’s strongest year-over-year job growth rates in January. While Saskatchewan is down 1,900 oil and resource jobs compared to this time last year, a diversified economy created new opportunities, adding 5,200 new jobs. Saskatchewan’s...

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Report from the Legislature February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

 Saskatchewan In A Strong Position to Manage Economic Challenges In spite of a downturn in the resource sector, a resilient and diversified Saskatchewan economy continues to attract people, investment and job growth.  This is a big change from a decade ago when an economic slowdown would have resulted in less investment, fewer jobs and a declining population. The impact of...

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Report from the Legislature January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016

A global slowdown in the resource sector has presented Canada with economic challenges; challenges Saskatchewan is well positioned to manage.  Despite a downturn, a diversified Saskatchewan economy continues to attract people, investment and job growth.  That’s a big difference from a decade ago when a slowdown would have meant less investment, fewer jobs and a declining population. Saskatchewan’s...

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Report from the Legislature January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

Province Proclaims 2016 Red Tape Awareness Week Reducing the regulatory burden for business and consumers in Saskatchewan is a key priority of our government.  Our Red Tape Reduction Action Plan sets a direction for ministries, agencies and crowns to review business regulations for impacts and costs at least once every 10 years. The 2014-15 Our Regulatory Modernization Progress Report identified...

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Report from the Legislature January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016

Strong Saskatchewan Economy, Despite Challenges In spite of challenges on the resource front, Saskatchewan’s economy remained strong compared to other provinces in 2015.  Our province remains at or near the top among Canadian provinces in many important economic categories, like job creation, unemployment rate and population growth. Saskatchewan has had the lowest unemployment rate...

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Report from the Legislature January 6, 2016

January 6, 2016

Keeping Saskatchewan Strong in 2016 As Saskatchewan people settle in to the new year, we have good reason to be optimistic.  While we face some challenges due to the drop in the global price of oil, a resilient, strong and diversified economy is helping us to meet those challenges and continue to keep Saskatchewan strong in 2016 and beyond. Our population has now grown by 146,000 people over the...

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Report from the Legislature December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015

Saskatchewan Continues to Post Strong Population Growth New figures from Statistics Canada show the number of people living in Saskatchewan grew by 5,242 to an all-time high of 1,138,879 in the third quarter of 2015.  Saskatchewan’s population has now grown by 146,000 people over the past decade, after declining by nearly 24,000 over the previous decade. While we are facing serious challenges...

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Report from the Legislature December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015

Moving Forward with Shorter Waits for Surgery In 2007, the Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada report revealed that Saskatchewan had the longest wait times for surgery in Canada.  Today, the same report shows we have the shortest.  This is thanks to the many health care professionals across the province who continue to work hard on wait time reductions through innovation and...

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Report from the Legislature December 2, 2015

December 2, 2015

Fall Legislative Session Focused on Keeping Saskatchewan Strong In a global market that is more complex and connected than any in history, the foundation of our economy is more important than ever.  Fortunately, Saskatchewan has created one of the most diversified economies in Canada – able to take a punch on the commodity market and keep moving forward.  This is a big change from a decade ago when...

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Report from the Legislature November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015

Ernst & Young Report Confirms Regina Bypass P3 Saves $380 Million The Saskatchewan Government released the value for money report for the publicly-owned Regina Bypass project, which was prepared by Ernst & Young.  The independent procurement and financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $380 million, a little more than 16 per cent, compared to a traditional model.  These savings...

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Report from the Legislature November 18, 2015

November 18, 2015

More Choice, More Convenience, More Competitive Pricing The Government of Saskatchewan has announced a new direction for liquor retailing that includes an expanded private retail system with fewer government liquor stores and more private retailers. The new expanded private retail model creates...

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Report from the Legislature November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015

Support Our Troops License Plate Now Available in Saskatchewan Saskatchewan residents can now honour and support military members and their families with a Support Our Troops licence plate depicting silhouettes of different branches of the Canadian military.  Customers can order a plate for $55 at a motor licence issuer. Our government is offering the Support Our Troops licence plate to show respect,...

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Report from the Legislature November 4, 2015

November 4, 2015

Infrastructure Investment Improving Health Care The purpose of a growing province and a strong and diversified economy is to ensure the best possible quality of life for Saskatchewan people.  This is why, several years ago, our government proceeded with the first ever review of the Saskatchewan health care system from the perspective of patients. The Patient First Review has guided...

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Report from the Legislature October 28, 2015

October 28, 2015

Building the Regina Bypass The Regina Bypass is part of our government’s record investments in infrastructure for a growing Saskatchewan.  After 24 open houses and 44 different studies, we’ve weighed the pros and cons and have selected a route that will see 50-70% of truck traffic taken off of Highway 1 East. Needed overpasses at Balgonie and White City will be open in two years, and...

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Report from the Legislature October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015

Legislation for Farmland Ownership to be Introduced Our government understands that for many people, farmland is not just an asset.  It is a connection to our history and who we are as people.  Farmers and ranchers want the opportunity to own the land they farm and we’re making changes that will work to keep farmland accessible. The majority of those who participated in our farmland ownership...

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Report from the Legislature October 15, 2015

October 15, 2015

Saskatchewan Welcomes Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Our government strongly supports Canada’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most ambitious free trade agreements in history.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes 12 countries and over 800 million people, it removes tariffs and other trade barriers with our most important trading partners, and opens up potential new markets...

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Report from the Legislature October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015

Focused on the Fall Sitting The fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly will begin October 13th.  As the Saskatchewan Legislature reconvenes, our government’s focus is keeping Saskatchewan strong. As part of the 25 day sitting, MLAs will debate new legislation introduced by the government. One example is a bill to reduce wait times by allowing private MRIs in Saskatchewan. During...

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Report from the Legislature September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015

Building a Brighter Future for Saskatchewan Students The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for students and parents, teachers and support staff. This year, it is also a time of celebration as sod turnings have marked the start of a number of important infrastructure projects in some of Saskatchewan’s fastest-growing communities. The construction of 18 new, publicly-owned elementary...

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Report from the Legislature September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Canada for 23 Months Over the past eight years, our government has worked to keep taxes low and create economic conditions that foster business growth and development because a growing economy helps pay for services like health care, education and programs that protect our most vulnerable. Despite pressures in the energy sector, employment in Saskatchewan reached an...

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Report from the Legislature August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015

Regina Bypass will Improve Safety and Save $380 Million Site work has begun in preparation for construction of the largest infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history.  The Regina Bypass, which will see a dozen overpasses, about 40 kilometres of new twinned highway, will improve safety on Highway 1 east of Regina, reduce congestion in and around the city and support economic growth throughout the region....

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Report from the Legislature July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

Saskatchewan Doctors Ratify New Contract Saskatchewan physicians are on the front lines providing people with high-quality, patient-centred care.  I am pleased to say a new four-year contract agreement will keep our province competitive as we work to recruit and retain these valuable professionals. The ratification of the new deal provides physicians with a total fee increase of 4.9 per cent,...

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Report from the Legislature July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015

Wildfires Highlight Saskatchewan’s Strength Saskatchewan’s greatest strength is Saskatchewan people – people who work hard and help others in need.  At a time of unprecedented wildfire activity in northern Saskatchewan, it is these people who have answered the call and made a meaningful difference in the lives of others. When the threat of wildfires forced thousands from their...

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Report from the Legislature July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

More Physicians Begin Practising in Saskatchewan Fifteen new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on their medical education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine in the...

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Report from the Legislature June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015

Saskatchewan’s Population Continues to Grow Saskatchewan continues to be one of the fastest growing provinces in Canada.  According to Statistics Canada, as of April 1, 2015, there were 1,134,402 people living in Saskatchewan, an increase of 1,762 in the past quarter and an increase of 14,273 in the past year. Saskatchewan had the second highest growth rate among the provinces in the past year...

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Report from the Legislature June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015

Four Year Commitment to Boost Benefits Fulfilled Our government is committed to ensuring our province leads the nation in quality of life for people with disabilities.  That’s why we created Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID), an income support program for people with significant and enduring disabilities that offers individuals the dignity of greater choice of services...

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Report from the Legislature May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

Surgical Wait Times Continue to Fall   Dramatic reductions in surgical wait times that began during the four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative have continued, with even more patients receiving sooner, safer, smarter surgical care a year later.   The number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery is down 89 per cent, with 13,613 fewer patients waiting...

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Report from the Legislature May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015

New Legislation to License User-Pay MRI Services Reducing wait times and giving patients more choice over their own care decisions is a high priority for the people of Saskatchewan.  Wait times for many services are still too long and our government is committed to moving forward with new and innovative solutions to barriers that prevent the very best in patient access and satisfaction.  New...

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Report from the Legislature May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

Report from the Legislature May 6, 2015 New “Hotspotting” Initiative Connects Patients to Care Patients with complex medical needs in Saskatchewan will be better served thanks to a new health care initiative.  Connecting to Care uses an innovative, patient-centred care model that identifies patients with complex needs who repeatedly need hospital services or visit emergency...

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Report from the Legislature – April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015

Enhancing Protections for Victims of Violence and Abuse The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act will soon update protections and expand the ability of police to help victims of violence and abuse.  Changes include: Extending non-contact provisions to prohibit contact at the victim’s schools and workplaces in the case of an emergency intervention order; Adding harassment...

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Report from the Legislature April 22, 2015

April 22, 2015

Economic Diversity Driving Saskatchewan’s Strength Saskatchewan’s job growth, low unemployment rate and new all-time records for wholesale trade and manufacturing shipments are just a few examples of how our strong and diversified economy is well-positioned to absorb short-term challenges in the energy sector. According to the latest labour force figures from Statistics Canada, there are...

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Report from the Legislature April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015

Premier Part of Historic Uranium Energy Deal Signing with India Saskatchewan is already our nation’s top exporter to India, and we are delighted to be part of its future energy mix.  An historic new agreement, announced today, sets the stage for shipments of Canadian uranium to India for electricity generation.  India has a dynamic and growing nuclear energy program, and the opportunity to supply...

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Report from the Legislature April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

Report from the Legislature April 8, 2015 Province Continues Support for Victims of Violence and Abuse Programs that help Saskatchewan victims of interpersonal violence and abuse will receive more than $11 million this fiscal year.  The funding is provided to 33 community-based organizations for 43 programs supported by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice, including: Family-violence...

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Report from the Legislature April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015

New Growth Incentives Working for Saskatchewan The 2015-16 provincial budget is designed to keep Saskatchewan strong.  Included in this year’s budget are incentives for new job creation in export manufacturing and processing as well as a rebate for primary steel production that encourages new capital investment.  Evraz has responded with the company’s largest single investment ever –...

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Report from the Legislature March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

Saskatchewan Budget Provides Record Funding For Health Care Our government is continuing to invest in seniors’ care, major capital projects, and in programs aimed at reducing emergency department wait times.  Budget 2015-16 provides a record $5.12 billion for health care, an increase of $135 million over the previous year.     First and foremost our aim...

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Report from the Legislature March 18, 2015

March 19, 2015

Balanced Budget Keeping Saskatchewan Strong Finance Minister Ken Krawetz has tabled a balanced budget that’s about keeping our economy and our province strong.  The 2015-16 Saskatchewan Budget controls spending, doesn’t raise taxes, and includes continued investments in much-needed infrastructure projects like highways, schools and health facilities.  Health, Education, and Social Services...

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Report from the Legislature March 12, 2015

March 12, 2015

 Highway 7 Twinning Coming Soon The twinning of one of Saskatchewan’s most important highways is getting a boost with a major funding commitment from the federal government.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Brad Wall have announced that the Government of Canada will fund half the eligible costs to twin 25 km of Highway 7 from Saskatoon to Delisle, to a maximum of $32 million.

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Report from the Legislature March 4th, 2015

March 4, 2015

Improving Care, Putting Patients First The purpose of a building and maintaining a strong and growing economy is to ensure the best possible quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.  This includes better health care.  Over the last seven years, our government has increased investments in health care by 45 per cent.  We have invested in important infrastructure like new hospitals and long-term...

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Report from the Legislature February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015

Diversified Economy Driving Growth, Keeping Saskatchewan Strong The Conference Board of Canada is predicting that Saskatchewan’s economy will continue to grow this year, despite a significant shortfall in revenue brought on by the global price of oil.  This is because our economy is increasingly diversified.  In its latest economic forecast, the Conference Board confirms this, pointing to expected increases...

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Report from the Legislature February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015

Investments in infrastructure, debt retirement, and tax relief   As we continue to make Budget preparations we remain focused on keeping Saskatchewan strong.  Lately the Opposition has begun to pose the question “Where has the money gone?”  Minister Krawetz has answered this question succinctly with an open letter.  Our government has made key investments in infrastructure, paid down...

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Report from the Legislature February 11, 2015

February 11, 2015

As the world price of oil has dropped our province need look no further than 2009 to realize Saskatchewan’s strong and diversified economy is well positioned to weather another period of global economic instability.  The last time oil prices plunged, potash sales also collapsed and compounded the province’s revenue challenge. Despite these challenges, entrepreneurs still created jobs, investment continued...

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Report from the Legislature February 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

As we work to finalize the budget, our government is focused on controlling spending and keeping taxes low while continuing to invest in infrastructure that keeps Saskatchewan strong. Notwithstanding the global price of oil, we’re committed to the cornerstone of our Growth Plan – fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets and a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. Building a better quality...

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Report from the Legislature January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015

Our government is focused on keeping Saskatchewan strong and growing – even when faced with volatile oil prices and lower-than-expected revenues.  We are working to meet this challenge through sound fiscal management, a commitment to continued investment in important infrastructure projects, and tax incentives for new growth and job creation. The good news is that our economy is increasingly diversified and a slowdown...

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Report from the Legislature January 21, 2015

January 21, 2015

Saskatchewan people can be proud of our growing population and quality of life.  They can also take pride in the fact that, for the first time in a generation, many of our young people are choosing to stay in Saskatchewan to start their careers and raise their families. Today, Saskatchewan’s economy is diversified and strong with demonstrated and growing strength in areas such as agriculture and trade, innovation...

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Report from the Legislature January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015

From our strong agricultural and potash sectors to our province’s growing strengths in manufacturing and innovation, approximately 70,000 new jobs have been created in Saskatchewan since 2007. Thanks to the hard work of Saskatchewan people, our province stands out as a national leader with Canada’s lowest unemployment rate for 25 consecutive months.  Due to our increasingly diversified and resilient economy,...

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Report from the Legislature January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

A new year brings renewed hope and optimism, new opportunities and challenges.  Just as we were at this time last year, we are confident that Saskatchewan’s economy will remain strong.  Our province’s unemployment rate remains the lowest in Canada (24 consecutive months), our population (1,129,899) continues to grow and, thanks to the hard work of our people, our rate of job creation is more than three times...

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Report from the Legislature December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014

Not long ago, Saskatchewan's population was in decline with many of our young people leaving the province to find work and raise their families elsewhere.  Today, thanks to the hard work and determination of our people, Saskatchewan is strong and has a growing population that’s closing in on 1,130,000 – steady growth of nearly 20,000 people per year since 2007. The steady growth we’re...

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Report from the Legislature December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

  Monday marked the final day of Saskatchewan’s fall legislative session, a busy and productive time in which we are able to engage in debate, exchange ideas and work toward meaningful legislative changes to enhance the enviable quality of life we all enjoy.  Highlights included: • Development of a 10 year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan; • Opening and start of construction on a total of 92...

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Report from the Legislature December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014

Saskatchewan is strong, a key message in Premier Wall’s state-of-the-province address this week.  Fiscal responsibility is key to our plan for growth and, despite falling oil prices, our Mid-Year Financial Report shows we are still on track to post a balanced budget in 2014-15.  Since lower oil prices are expected in the coming year, we will carefully manage government spending in an effort to balance the...

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Report from the Legislature November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014

Today in the Saskatchewan Legislature, our government passed a motion recognizing the Energy East Pipeline as good for all parts of Canada, from Saskatchewan and Alberta, to Ontario, Quebec and beyond.  The amendment recognizes the National Energy Board (NEB) as the appropriate body to review national pipeline projects, such as Energy East, and that provinces should not invent new conditions such as greenhouse gas emissions...

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Report from the Legislature Nov. 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

From Pre-K to post-secondary, our government is committed to supporting families in planning every stage of their child’s education.  The Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings, The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship and The Graduate Retention Program are among the many ways we are working to make post-secondary accessible and affordable. To make life easier for those pursuing post-secondary,...

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Report from the Legislature November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

Remembrance Day is upon us – a time to remember the women and men who have fought for our country, its ideals and our freedoms.  We remember their noble and selfless service in conflicts, peacekeeping and reconstruction missions around the world.  We also respect and support the contributions of those who wear the uniform today, those who are willing to risk it all to defend what they believe is a just cause and...

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Report from the Legislature October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014

Saskatchewan’s population continues to grow and our economy stands out as a national leader. This growth allows us to increase important investments in people, programs and infrastructure. For example, as a result of the province’s predictable and sustainable revenue sharing program, municipalities already know they will receive record revenue sharing of $265 million in next year’s budget – more than double what it was...

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Report from the Legislature October 22nd, 2014

October 22, 2014

Our Government’s Speech from the Throne opened the Fourth Session of the Twenty-Seventh Legislature in Regina. The Speech highlighted our strong, growing province, the strength and determination of our people and outlined our plan to keep Saskatchewan strong. Our focus is the economy. When our economy is strong, our province and its people are strong. A strong economy gives us a broader tax base and more resources to invest in...

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Report from the Legislature October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

Saskatchewan people are working hard to build a province we can be proud to call home. Together we’ve made great progress. Our population is growing, our people are earning more than ever and, because of lower provincial taxes, we’re keeping more of what we earn. Saskatchewan’s economy has emerged as a national leader which means more money to fix our highways, build bridges and invest in schools and hospitals – but it...

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Report from the Legislature October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

Saskatchewan people can be proud that our province is strong and moving forward. Our population is growing, our economy is leading the nation and our future is brighter than ever as our young people are choosing to stay, start their careers and raise their families. This is a time of year when many of us reflect on the things for which we are thankful – our health, our families, our friends and quality of life. Our government’s...

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Report from the Legislature September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

Our government’s goal is to make Saskatchewan the best place to live, work and raise a family. This requires a long-term vision for the province and its people. Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth sets out our government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. Our plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure we are capturing opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. In the...

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Report from the Legislature September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014

Report from the Legislature September 10, 2014 The start of a new school year can bring out a range of emotions. It provides a fresh start for excited parents, students, teachers and support staff. From early-learning to post-secondary, on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, I would like to express my appreciation to all those who are helping prepare our children and youth for a bright future in Saskatchewan. Our government...

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Report from the Legislature August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in economic growth with more people, more jobs and higher wages than ever before. Driven by the confidence and continued contributions of our people, this growth is reflected in the latest labour force survey by Statistics Canada. Comparing July 2013 to July 2014, there were 10,600 new full-time jobs in Saskatchewan, our youth unemployment rate was lowest among the provinces at half the national average,...

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Report from the Legislature August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014

Report from the Legislature August 14, 2014 The First Quarter Financial Report released this week shows that Saskatchewan’s provincial budget surplus remains intact, even with a $150 million allowance for flood-related costs. The projected surplus is $75 million, up $3.5 million from budget, despite the flood allowance, largely due to a projected increase in total revenue of $169 million. While final costs of flooding are still...

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Report from the Legislature July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014

Report from the Legislature July 30, 2014 Municipal governments are on the front lines dealing with the opportunities and challenges in our growing province. One of our priorities in government is helping our municipal partners by providing them with predictable funding for priority projects in their communities. In 2011, we accomplished this by tying Revenue Sharing to one point of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST). As PST revenue...

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Report from the Legislature July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

Report from the Legislature July 16, 2014 Saskatchewan might be small in size but it’s big in opportunity. Thanks to the vision and hard work of a dynamic, driven and growing population, our province stands out as a great place to live, work, play and invest. We see this in the latest figures from Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan is home to one of Canada’s best economies, a competitive business environment, innovative...

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Report from the Legislature, July 02, 2014

July 3, 2014

Report from the Legislature, July 02, 2014 Many parts of our province experienced unprecedented rainfall this past week, which resulted in a number of communities declaring local states of emergency. We expect this number to increase in the coming days. Officials from Emergency Management and Fire Safety, the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program, Water Security Agency, Highways and Agriculture will be working with all...

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Report from the Legislature June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

Summer is nearly here and, as we make plans to enjoy the season, we are reminded of our bright future. Many families are preparing for their sons and daughters high school graduation. This is a time of reflection, celebration and anticipation for what is to come. One of the greatest changes we have seen in recent years is that our grads are no longer forced to look for opportunity in other provinces. They have every opportunity to further...

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Report from the Legislature May 21, 2014

May 22, 2014

  Today, Saskatchewan is home to more people, more activity and more opportunities than ever before. This is reflected in our province's unemployment rate of 3.4 per cent – the lowest in all of Canada, less than half of the national average and our lowest level ever on record. Our strong and growing economy is driven by the contributions of a diverse and growing population. This growth means we can deliver a balanced...

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Report from the Legislature May 14, 2014

May 15, 2014

We want to ensure every Saskatchewan resident has the opportunity to participate in the electoral process – particularly those who face challenges in casting their vote. This is why, in consultation with the Official Opposition, our government has introduced amendments that are going to make it easier for Saskatchewan people to vote in future provincial elections. The Election Amendment Act, 2014 will establish a permanent voter...

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Report from the Legislature May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014

The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth sets out our vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. This is a plan for economic growth that builds on the strength of our residents, resources and innovation in order to secure a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. The population and economic growth we're experiencing gives our government the ability to invest in schools, hospitals and transportation projects – one such...

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Report from the Legislature April 30, 2014

May 1, 2014

Saskatchewan people deserve to keep more of what they earn and, as a government, our preference is to accommodate that by controlling spending and keeping taxes low. Despite revenue challenges, we accomplished just that with our 2014-15 provincial budget. Since 2007, Saskatchewan people have benefited from the largest income tax and education property tax cuts in our province's history. As another tax season comes to a close, we remain...

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Report from the Legislature April 23, 2014

April 24, 2014

Saskatchewan is a growing province with a growing need for maternal and children's health services. It is important that we not only design and build a Children's Hospital, but also that we deliver a facility that is going to meet our needs now and into the future. With a growing population, we have reaffirmed our commitment to the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan with a further investment of $20 million and approval of expansion plans...

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Report from the Legislature April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

As Canadians we are free to speak without fear, worship in our own way, oppose what we feel is wrong and choose who should govern us. These freedoms, which we often take for granted, were put in perspective recently as 47 people from 22 countries gathered at the Legislative Building in Regina. They took the oath of citizenship, officially becoming Canadian citizens. These 47 people, now Canadians, can now claim all of these freedoms for themselves. This...

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Report from the Legislature April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Saskatchewan is a big province with a growing population. While working to meet emerging challenges in larger urban centres, we are committed to supporting the needs of rural and remote communities. To that end our government is working to ensure everyone has access to quality primary health services. Part of that is a recruitment strategy to bring more nurse practitioners to rural Saskatchewan. These are people who can perform physical assessments...

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Report from the Legislature April 2, 2014

April 3, 2014

On March 19, our government was proud to present its seventh consecutive balanced budget. By controlling spending, keeping taxes low and making targeted investments in people and infrastructure we are ensuring Saskatchewan remains on the path of steady growth. Schools, hospitals and long term care facilities, highways, bridges and bypasses are among the many priorities outlined in a provincial budget that includes many of the initiatives...

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Report from the Legislature March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

The 2014-15 provincial budget keeps Saskatchewan on track for steady growth. The budget is balanced without tax increases at a time when revenues are flat and, by controlling spending, our government is proudly making important investments in infrastructure and people. One of our top priorities is supporting our seniors, to make life more affordable for those who worked hard to build the province we all enjoy today. Starting in July 2014,...

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Report from the Legislature March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

Saskatchewan's population is now 1,117,503 – growth of more than 20,000 people in the last year. To support and encourage this steady growth, our government has presented its seventh consecutive balanced budget. This budget controls spending while managing to make key investments in our infrastructure and our people. The 2014-15 budget is also balanced without tax increases. Our Steady Growth budget accounts for all government...

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Report from the Legislature – March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

Clearing the backlog in grain transportation continues to be the top priority for our government and we are encouraged that the federal government responded to our concerns by signing an Order in Council with clear delivery targets for railways. This requires railways to deliver one million tonnes of grain on a sustained level to domestic, U.S. and port positions, and report tonnage delivered on a weekly basis. Railways will be charged a fine...

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Report from the Legislature – March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

The #1 priority of our government is the backlog of grain transportation. In fact, it was the subject of an emergency debate when the Spring sitting of the legislature resumed this week. With unanimous support, our government passed a motion supporting emergency legislation from Ottawa to mandate service agreements between railways and grain companies. The backlog is hurting prices for producers, causing storage issues and cash flow problems...

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Report from the Legislature – Feb. 26, 2014

February 26, 2014

Over the last few months we have been raising concerns about a transportation backlog that is hurting prices for producers, causing storage issues and cash flow problems. The delay in moving our record crop is also hurting Saskatchewan's reputation as a reliable supplier. While grain transportation is a federal responsibility, it is in the best interests of our producers and our economy to ensure that it remains a top priority for everyone...

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Legislative Report - February 12, 2013

February 13, 2014

The current grain movement backlog is a serious situation that our government doesn't take lightly. Not only have delays in moving grain led to lower prices for our producers, they are also affecting our reputation as a reliable supplier of agriculture products throughout the world. To that end, Premier Wall has appointed Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart, Economy Minister Bill Boyd, Highways & Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris and Legislative...

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Report from the Legislature – February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014

The success and growth of our agriculture industry depends on getting products to port and shipped throughout the world. Unfortunately, problematic weather and the sheer volume of this year's crop is so great that rail transportation can't keep up. This shouldn't happen. Our government is committed to finding solutions and fully supports the federal government in its efforts to alleviate this situation – including enhancements to the Grain...

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Legislative Report - January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

Our government is busy working on the next provincial budget. As we look forward to what 2014 could hold for our economy, it's predicted that resource revenue will be down slightly. While this isn't great news, we will continue to work with business to promote Saskatchewan as a great place to do business. With the next budget in mind, our government will continue to invest in key areas while maintaining our commitment to spend tax dollars responsibly...

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Legislative Report - January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014

Saskatchewan is stronger today than perhaps it has ever been. Our unemployment rate is the lowest in the country thanks to the creation of 18,000 new jobs and nearly 20,000 new people putting down roots in our province. Drawing on the strengths of our people we are realizing record growth and opportunities that, not long ago, we only dreamed of. The hope and optimism we are seeing in Saskatchewan today now extends well beyond the football...

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Report from the Legislature – January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

2013 was a very, very good year for Saskatchewan. Our provincial population grew by nearly 20,000 people, our unemployment rate was the lowest in the country and our economy was not only strong but diverse with job creation, exports and manufacturing all on track to hit new record levels. Producers even harvested the largest crop in our province's history. With projections of steady growth in 2014, there is much optimism in the province....

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Report from the Legislature – Dec. 18, 2013

December 18, 2013

Provincial Population Higher Than Ever BeforeSaskatchewan is the place to be – just ask the 5,867 new residents who decided to move to the province in July, August and September. Our provincial population has grown by 19,797 over the last year, reaching a record 1,114, 170. Among the provinces, only Alberta had higher population growth. More and more people...

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Legislative Report - December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Our government is focused on growth, its benefits and how it can create a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. Growth creates many new opportunities but also many new challenges. Managing growth and meeting these challenges was the focus of our latest legislative session in Regina. As of July 1st there were 1,108,303 people living in our province – population growth of more than 100,000 people in just six years. ...

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Report from the Legislature – Dec. 4, 2013

December 5, 2013

Strong Economy, Continuing SurplusMost Saskatchewan families understand it isn't wise to spend more money than they're bringing in and the same is true in government. Balanced budgets are a key part of our government's Growth Plan and our province remains on track to balance its books in 2013-14 with small surpluses projected. Our population is growing, our unemployment...

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Report from the Legislature – November 27th, 2013

November 27, 2013

Green Is The Colour!Saskatchewan is a great place to be from but it's an even better place to be. This was never more evident than it was during the 101st Grey Cup Celebrations. The whole province joined the party by wearing green and decorating their homes and offices for the occasion. Rider Pride was on display just about everywhere. Even the dome at the Saskatchewan...

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Legislative Report - November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Government Taking Action Against BullyingNo child should ever have to experience bullying. Bullying is a relationship issue where one person or group repeatedly uses power and aggression to control or intentionally hurt, harm or intimidate another person or group. It is often based on another person's appearance, abilities, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation...

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Report from the Legislature – November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

Traffic Safety Takes PriorityOne fatality is too many. With the knowledge 184 people lost their lives on our roads and highways last year, it was clear that we needed to take action. The safety of all Saskatchewan people is paramount and that is why our government is immediately moving forward with more than half of the recommendations included in a report from the special...

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Legislative Report - November 6, 2013

November 6, 2013

We Will RememberOften we take for granted our values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events and our right to live under a government of our choice. War is something many of us have only seen on television, in movies and news reports from distant parts of the world. Its impact, however, is far reaching. At this time of year, we pause...

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Legislative Report - October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Continued Commitment to Students & SchoolsThe benefits of growth are many but so too are the challenges that come with it. One such example is the added pressure our growing population is having on our schools. In response to this particular challenge, our government has a plan to build 9 new joint-use schools in areas that have seen significant growth. These schools will be built using a Public Private Partnership...

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Legislative Report - October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

More people, more jobs, more economic activity - Saskatchewan continues to grow. Just a few weeks ago we learned that our province is now home to more than 1.1 million people, up over 100,000 in the last six years. This is the kind of growth that brings with it many new opportunities but, at the same time, also creates new challenges. This is why, one year ago, our government unveiled the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond....

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Legislative Report

October 17, 2013

Giving Thanks For A Good CropMany used the recent Thanksgiving holiday as a time to gather and reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. In this province, there is plenty and a bountiful harvest is one such example. Despite a late spring and lots of moisture, the majority of Saskatchewan farmers are now finished in the field and, in most cases, are reporting a great growing season. Statistics Canada has estimated...

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Legislative Report - October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

Making Mental Health & Addictions A PriorityOur growing province is the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family. Using the benefits of growth, our government is working to enhance quality of life for all residents which includes making meaningful change in the lives of the one in five Saskatchewan people affected by mental health and addictions issues. These are people of all ages, in all walks of life and varying situations...

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Legislative Report - October 3, 2013

October 3, 2013

Population Passes 1.1 MillionSaskatchewan's population is growing by the day, reaching record levels never before thought possible. Statistics Canada data shows Saskatchewan has grown to more than 1.1 million for the first time in history. In fact, over the last six years, more than 100,000 people have moved here. By 2020, our goal is to grow our population by another 100,000. But this isn't about growth for the sake of growth. As part...

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Legislative Report - September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

We are a government who keeps our promises. Six years ago, Saskatchewan was facing some of the longest surgical wait times in Canada. We promised to do something about that – and we have. The latest report from the Saskatchewan Surgical Care Initiative shows that today 8 out of 10 patients are receiving surgery within three months of referral from a surgeon. Due to improvements in the planning and delivery of surgical care, we are on...

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Legislative Report - September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

It will soon be smooth sailing on Highway 22 between Southey and Earl Grey. Our government recently announced that a 15 kilometre stretch will be getting a complete rebuild that will be wider, safer and better able to handle wet weather conditions. After spending nearly $3 million to maintain this highway, it was decided that a full upgrade was the best solution for the safety of travellers. Safe, reliable roads are key to our province's...

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Legislative Report - September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

Cam Broten continues to refuse to stand up for Saskatchewan. On the six-month anniversary of his election as NDP leader, Broten addressed the federal NDP Caucus in Saskatoon. In his speech, Broten was silent regarding Thomas Mulcair's opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline project. Broten had a chance to tell Mulcair he's wrong on Keystone and stand up for Saskatchewan, but he didn't, despite the fact. That's in sharp contrast to what Premier...

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Legislative Report - September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013

As summer winds down and students head back to school, many of us return to our routines with fond memories of time spent with friends and families at Saskatchewan Provincial Parks. With more than 3.5 million visits last year, our government recognizes that these parks are among our most popular attractions and we're making capital investments to ensure that they not only meet demand but enhance our visitors experience in the parks for years to...

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Legislative Report - August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

Report from the Legislature, August 21, 2013 As summer comes to a close, our caucus is preparing for the upcoming legislative session. Throughout the summer, Saskatchewan Party MLAs have been consulting with constituents to find out what your priorities are. We heard that overall you are happy with the direction the province is taking, but there is still more work to do in regards to highways and senior care. To that end, this...

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Legislative Report - July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

Keeping you and your family safe while you're getting from point A to point B this summer is a priority for our government. To that end, we recently announced that photo radar is now being deployed in selected highway work zones. The state-of-the-art cameras will be taking pictures of the licence plates of drivers exceeding the 60 kilometre-an-hour work zone speed limit. The amount of the ticket is based on how fast the vehicle is going. ...

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Legislative Report - July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Saskatchewan remains the place people are choosing to build their future. Recent population numbers show that the first four months of 2013 saw 4,000 more people call our province home. This brings the population to an all-time high of 1,093,880. This is a great start toward reaching our Growth Plan goal of 1.2 million by 2020. Our growing economy is providing the employment opportunities to support that growth. In June of this year,...

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Legislative Report - June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

As spring turns to summer across Saskatchewan, the most important work an MLA does gets underway. When the spring session of the Legislature came to an end, Premier Brad Wall gave us some summer homework with simple instructions - go home and listen. Now into their sixth straight year, these consultations are invaluable. Last year, they laid the groundwork for our Growth Plan and its ambitious goals of a 1.2 million people living in Saskatchewan...

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Legislative Report - June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

With graduation upon us, the future has never been brighter for young people in Saskatchewan. The latest population numbers reveal that in the first four months of 2013, we grew by more than 4,000 people to a new record high of 1,093,880. Saskatchewan remains the place to be in Canada for career opportunities and a great quality of life. For far too many years, leaving Saskatchewan for school or career after graduating from high school...

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Legislative Report - June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

Report from the Legislature, June 12, 2013 Saskatchewan's economy continues to grow and provide employment for more people than ever before. May 2013 was a record month for employment rates in Saskatchewan. More than 560,900 people were working in the province; full-time employment increased by 15,800 on a year-over-year basis. Regina's employment was up by 8,100;Saskatoon employment was up by 12,000; and Off-reserve Aboriginal...

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Legislative Report - June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

Our government's commitment to improving the quality of life is about more than lower taxes, improving highways and reducing surgical waiting lists (more on that later in this report). While those are important, issues such as ensuring the safety of your children outside the home are equally so. To that end, province-wide anti-bullying consultations, led by Saskatoon MLA Jennifer Campeau in her role as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of...

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Legislative Report - May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

As your representative, I believe strongly in the responsibility those in public life have to be accountable for their actions. I work for you and have an obligation to conduct myself in a manner worthy of your trust. It is with that in mind that I express my concerns about recent events regarding the Canadian Senate. For many years, politicians in Western Canada, including those in Saskatchewan, have been strong advocates for Senate...

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Legislative Report - May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Our government has a strong record of keeping promises – doing the things we said we would. We did it consistently during our first term, and continue to do so. I am happy to report that during the just-completed spring session of the Legislature, we honoured several commitments we made in our Growth Plan. We announced our sixth consecutive balanced budget – a budget that controlled spending while making important investments...

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Legislative Report - May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013

The worth of a society can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. In keeping with our government's belief in that statement, we continue to honour commitments made in both the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and this year's provincial budget. On May 6, 2013, we announced the first step toward implementing a comprehensive Disability Strategy. The Disability Strategy will focus on the priority areas specified in the Plan...

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Legislative Report - May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

Saskatchewan will soon be home to the four brand-new private liquor stores. The stores will open by summer 2014 – two in Regina and two in Saskatoon. Sobeys will operate outlets in Saskatoon's Stonebridge neighborhood and on Rochdale Boulevard in northwest Regina. The other Regina store will be run by Willow Park Wines & Spirits in the south Regina neighborhood of Harbour Landing. The fourth store will be operated by the Saskatoon...

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Legislative Report - April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

Economic growth is not a means unto itself. If you don't do something with that growth, then it might as well have never happened. This is why our government continues to keep its commitment to ensure we use our province's growth to improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people. To that end, we were humbled to announce this week that the wait list for programming for people with intellectual disabilities had been eliminated. In...

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Legislative Report - April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013

Last week, our government took a major step supporting the ambitious Growth Plan goals pertaining to agriculture. Under Growing Forward 2, the provincial and federal governments are partnering to provide $388 million in funding over the next five years for programming for farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and exporters. This programming was created in consultation with agricultural producers, and includes: $170 million in agriculture...

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Legislative Report - April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013

The potential for significant flooding remains a top priority for our government as spring slowly arrives in Saskatchewan. The Water Security Agency's April forecast indicates that in March there were greater than normal amounts of precipitation in certain parts of Saskatchewan. Because of that, an above normal spring runoff is still expected for most of the province. There are also some areas that have the potential for very high runoff...

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Legislative Report - April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013

Spring is slow arriving in Saskatchewan and with that comes the annual spring melt. This winter we saw heavy snow fall across much of the province, which has created the potential for significant spring flooding. Our government is preparing for the impact of the spring melt through the creation of the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. This program will provide engineering and technical assistance to municipalities while sharing the...

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Legislative Report - March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to potential flooding this spring, and that includes our government. To that end, Premier Brad Wall has appointed a special cabinet committee to oversee the province's preparations and response to potential spring flooding. In addition, we have designated $182 million in the Growth and Financial Security Fund to cover potential costs. Several ministries have already committed resources to flood preparation....

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Legislative Report - March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

The theme of the 2013-2014 provincial budget is "Balanced Growth." This year's budget is balanced, controls spending and continues to make investments to ensure a better quality life for all Saskatchewan people. It also delivers on commitments we made in the Plan for Growth. Saskatchewan remains the only province with a balanced budget. This is key to achieving our Growth Plan goal of 1.2 million people by 2020. Through prudent management...

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Legislative Report - March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013

Our government is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan remains the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family. To that end, we have announced that education property tax rates will be reduced in next week's budget. The overall value of property in Saskatchewan has increased by 67 per cent over the last five years, which could have meant significant property tax increases. Reducing education property tax rates will help mitigate those...

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Legislative Report - March 6, 2013

March 6, 2013

Our government is committed to taking action that reflects the values important to Saskatchewan people. After extensive consideration and consultation, we have decided the drinking age in Saskatchewan will not be lowered from 19 to 18. The idea to look at possibly changing the drinking age was the result of a resolution from the Saskatchewan Party's youth wing. So we said as a government, we would look at it and accept comments and feedback...

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Legislative Report - February 20, 2013

February 20, 2013

One of the key components of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth is our government's commitment to balanced budgets. Our record in this area is strong – we've had balanced budgets every year since 2007. Last weeks' release of the 2012-2013 Third Quarter Financial Report shows that we are on track to do the same thing this year, despite falling resource revenues. Those declines are being offset in large part by the benefits of growth, including...

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Legislative Report - February 13, 2013

February 13, 2013

In the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, our government committed to doubling agri-exports by 2020. To achieve this goal we need to give our agricultural producers the tools they need to succeed, which is why we were proud to announce record coverage and additional enhancements to the 2013 Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program. The 2013 crop insurance budget is a record $198 million. Coverage levels are also increasing – from $174 per acre...

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Legislative Report - February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

Saskatchewan's economy remains one of the strongest in the country, if not the world. Major economic forecasters are predicting we will be number two in Canada in terms of economic growth this year. Oil production in Saskatchewan hit a new record high in 2012. At 1,086,054, we are well on our way to achieving one of the key goals of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: a population of 1.2 million by 2020. A strong economy has allowed our government...

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Legislative Report - January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013

Saskatchewan's economic and population growth have provided us with the resources to improve services, invest in our communities and provide sound fiscal management. This growth however does come with challenges. If you own property, chances are the value of that property has increased greatly over the past few years. The flip side of this is good news is that it may translate into higher property taxes. Over the past four years the value of...

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Legislative Report - January 23, 2013

January 23, 2013

Access to affordable, quality health care is one of the most important services a government provides for its citizens. That is why our government has been working in conjunction with other provinces and territories to provide lower cost generic drugs. This plan will see a great reduction in cost on six of the most commonly used drugs. The new prices will come into effect April 1, 2013 on: Atorvastatin - used to treat high cholesterol;Ramipril...

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Legislative Report - January 9, 2013

January 9, 2013

One of the keys to getting where you want to be is knowing where you've been. That rings very true for our government as we move into 2013. 2012 was a fantastic year for Saskatchewan with record levels of investment, job growth and population. Our population hit an all-time of 1,086,564 last year. There are 23,024 thousand more people living in Saskatchewan. This is the largest-ever single year population increase since 1921. ...

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Legislative Report - December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

With the Christmas season upon us, we are reminded time and again of how fortunate we are to call a place like Saskatchewan home. Ours is a province where you know your neighbours and you are there for them when they need you. We are known across the country for our rich tradition of volunteerism; helping those less fortunate. As family and friends draw near, it is important we remember just how special this place we live in is. 2012...

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Legislative Report - December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012

Saskatchewan's resources and agricultural expertise put our province in a unique position to address the global demand for safe and reliable food. On December 10th, Premier Wall along with the University of Saskatchewan and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. formally launched the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). The Government of Saskatchewan and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan committed $15 million and $35 million respectively...

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Legislative Report - December 6, 2012

December 6, 2012

With Saskatchewan growing faster than it has in almost a hundred years, our government took action during the fall sitting of the legislature to ensure that growth continues. We also took measures that will allow us to continue to meet the challenges of growth. When we learned school divisions were facing unexpected pressure due to increased enrolment, we used the benefits of growth to provide more resources to them. Eight of the province's...

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Legislative Report - November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

Using the Benefits of Growth Saskatchewan remains the only province in Canada with a balanced budget. The 2012-13 Mid-Year Report shows that our growing tax base and increased tax revenue are strong enough to offset lower than expected resource revenue. Our government's continued support for communities experiencing flood damage and other increased costs has resulted in a spending increase of $31.6 million, pushing the total budget...

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Legislative Report - November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

Our government's commitment to continuing to move Saskatchewan forward was seen again in this week's announcement regarding the Information Services Corporation (ISC). We introduced legislation that will allow ISC to take the next steps to expand into new markets and continue growing. This legislation will allow for shares in the provincially owned corporation to be sold to the public with the province retaining 40 per cent ownership. Of the...

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Legislative Report - November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

As a government, we talk a lot about the importance of growth. Even more importantly, we talk about using the benefits of growth to improve our quality of life. From shortening surgical wait lists to investing in important infrastructure such as highways and schools; our government is endeavouring to use Saskatchewan's historic growth for your benefit. A recent example of doing just that is the recognition event held on November 6,...

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Legislative Report - November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

Investing in infrastructure was identified as priority in our government's recently-announced growth plan. If we're going to grow our population to 1.2 million by 2020, we need to take action now to ensure we have the infrastructure to support that bold goal. Last week, our government released fall tenders for Highway and Infrastructure construction; this is the first phase in preparing for the 2013 construction year. This tender includes...

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Legislative Report - October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012

Over the last five years, the number of people living in Saskatchewan has increased by 80,000 people. Almost half of those newcomers are immigrants. Since 2007, almost 39,000 people from 190 different countries have settled in over 320 communities across the province. In 2012-13, our government intends to nominate 4000 people under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP); including accompanying family member that number climbs to...

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Legislative Report - October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012

Using the Benefits of the Growth Our government takes very seriously the responsibility of using the benefits of growth to improve the quality life for all Saskatchewan people. When we took office over five years ago, we set as a goal that no one would wait more than three months for surgery by 2014. I am happy to report we are well on the way to making that a reality. Recent statistics show that 90 per cent of patients are receiving...

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Legislative Report - October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012

Saskatchewan Plan for Growth Without question, the last five years have been good ones for Saskatchewan. We are leading the nation in economic growth. Our population is at a new record high. This growth has meant we could afford to cut income, property and business taxes, reduce surgical wait times and help people with disabilities. The question now is: do we want this growth to continue? The answer MLAs heard when they consulted...

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Legislative Report - October 11, 2012

October 11, 2012

One major aspect of Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage is ensuring we have the infrastructure to support growth. One important way of doing that is maintaining and improving the major trade corridors throughout our province. This is why our government is investing an extra $50 million to repair and upgrade critical highways. This will bring our investment in highway infrastructure to $631.5 million this year alone, the second largest Highways...

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Legislative Report - October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

The Saskatchewan Advantage is about ensuring people and businesses have the tools they need to keep our province moving forward. On September 28th, our government announced that we had asked for, and received, an extension from the federal government to their deadline for returning spectrum (frequency). Industry Canada's changes affect SaskTel's ability to provide fixed wireless internet service to approximately 8,000 people in rural Saskatchewan....

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Legislative Report - September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

Your Saskatchewan Party government continues working toward keeping another important promise we made during last year's election campaign: reducing surgical wait times. We learned this week seven out of 10 health regions are within five percent of reaching the goal of reducing wait times for surgery to less than six months. They are: Heartland 100 per cent;Cypress/Sunrise 99 per cent;Prairie North/Five Hills 98 per cent;Sun Country...

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Legislative Report - September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012

Our government is taking action in the wake of the tragic death of an 18-year-old girl killed while working as highways flag person. Ashley Dawn Richards was struck by a vehicle in an Orange Zone in August – a tragedy Premier Brad Wall described as a senseless loss caused by blatant disregard for the rules. The Province of Saskatchewan is partnering with the RCMP to improve safety in the Orange Zone. The RCMP will conduct traffic enforcement...

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Legislative Report - September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

One of the challenges of Saskatchewan's historic growth is providing the supporting infrastructure as more and more families choose the Land of the Living Skies to live and work. The 2011 census showed that during the previous five years the number of children in Saskatchewan grew by more than 10,000. That is the second highest rate of growth among all provinces and a sharp reversal of a decrease between 2001-2006 of almost 20,000 kids. As...

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Legislative Report - August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012

From combines in the field, to moms and dads shopping for school supplies and families enjoying a few extra days of summer on the long weekend, the signs of the season are everywhere. As summer turns to fall, MLAs are wrapping up consultations with constituents, stakeholders and community groups on how to keep Saskatchewan strong and growing. What we heard was that while you are overall pretty happy with the job your government is doing, there...

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Legislative Report - August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012

When the Saskatchewan Party was in opposition, we released an economic paper called the Promise of Saskatchewan. That document formed the basis for our election platform and then the principles for our first term in government. It's time to revisit that plan and create a new one that reflects Saskatchewan in 2012. It should focus on maintaining growth and using our relative economic strength to improve people's lives. We have been...

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Legislative Report - July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

MLA Report - July 24, 2012 I am happy to report Saskatchewan's economy is strong and growing. Recently released wholesale trade numbers for May show an increase of 13.2 per cent this year, the third highest growth rate in Canada. This increase in wholesale trade builds confidence in our business community, provides employment and contributes to the overall success of Saskatchewan. Another encouraging trend is our increase in exports....

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Legislative Report - July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

On June 28th, our government responded to the City of Regina's funding proposal for their Regina Revitalization Initiative. While we declined their request for $230 million for various projects forming the RRI, we did announce that we are prepared to provide funding in the amount of $80 million toward the cost of a new stadium. That amount represents funding up to 30 per cent of the project cost. The province will not provide any operating...

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Legislative Report - June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 Graduation season is upon us. This used to be a bitter-sweet time of the year in Saskatchewan. While we were excited for our kids and grandkids, we also knew that many of them would leave our province to continue their education or find work. Not anymore. For the first time in decades, our young people are choosing to stay – and it's important as a government we take action to support that decision. The...

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Legislative Report - June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

Report from the Legislature, June 5, 2012 The Saskatchewan Advantage is about more than just growth for growth's sake – it's about using the benefits of growth to improve the quality of life for you and your family. It's about things like improving access to healthcare; to this end, we have announced the new Plains Surgery and Outpatient Care Centre as part of our ongoing response to the 2009 Patient First Review. This new centre,...

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Legislative Report - May 23, 2012

May 24, 2012

MLA Report for May 23rd, 2012 Our government continues to make progress toward keeping an important promise we made that has implications for the health and safety for your family. The Year Two progress report from the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (SkSI) shows we are on track to meet our commitment to provide all patients with the opportunity to have surgery within three month by 2014. We decided early in our first term to make your...

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Legislative Report - May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012

May 17th, 2012 While other provinces and countries struggle with huge deficits and growing debt, Saskatchewan is a different story. Our budget is balanced, there are thousands of new jobs and our population is at a record high and continues to grow. More people than ever before are choosing Saskatchewan as the place they want to live, work and raise their families. We call this the Saskatchewan Advantage. It was created by your...

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Legislative Report - May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012

The good economic news for Saskatchewan just keeps rolling in. A new report from BMO Economics indicates our province's economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year, second only to Alberta. The report goes on to state: "Saskatchewan's economy remains among the top performers in Canada, boosted by a strong resource sector." Our abundant natural resources – potash, oil, uranium – have played a significant role in our province's transformation...

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Legislative Report - May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012

Saskatchewan has a proud history when it comes to our role in the Commonwealth. From a capital city named after Queen Victoria to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit in 1939 to The Princess Royal visit in 2007, we have long enjoyed a special relationship with the Crown. Evidence of that special relationship will be seen again later this month, when Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, come to Saskatchewan....

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Legislative Report - April 26, 2012

April 26, 2012

Saskatchewan's always had a unique place in Canada. The thing that sets us apart this year is that we have the only balanced provincial budget in the country. Newfoundland and Labrador announced its deficit budget this week – and that's the last budget announcement of 2012. We know that this was made possible by all hard work that you do – and as legislators, we commit that we will continue to take action that protects the Saskatchewan...

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Legislative Report - April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012

Our government is moving forward on another commitment to improve healthcare in Saskatchewan. Last week, Moose Jaw received some long awaited news from the Five Hills Health Region on the site of the new hospital. The Health Region has purchased 30 acres of land on Diefenbaker Drive; this location is close to highway #1 and #2 which will allow for good traffic flow, future growth and parking. This new hospital will incorporate the LEAN principles...

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Legislative Report - April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

It has been a few weeks since the Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage 2012-13 provincial budget was delivered and we remain the only province in Canada to have a truly balanced budget. At the time of this writing, five other provinces and the federal government have all tabled budgets – and the one thing they have in common is that they are all deficit budgets. Because of the action our government has taken that is not the case in Saskatchewan....

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Legislative Report - April 4, 2012

April 4, 2012

An important facet of Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage is properly funding services that are important to Saskatchewan people. This week we announced we were keeping one of our key campaign promises: increasing funding for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Our commitment this year to the Cancer Agency is $113.8 million, an almost 14 per cent increase from 2011-12. In 2012-13, it is expected this funding will provide 30,000 cancer drug treatments,...

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Legislative Report - March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

Last week our government brought down the only balanced budget in Canada. The theme of this year's budget is Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage. One of the ways it does that is providing responsible fiscal management within a framework of sustainable spending on services and initiatives important to Saskatchewan people and keeping the promises we made in last fall's election, an advantage created by the hard work of all of us. This is a budget...

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Legislative Report - March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

Last week our government brought down the only balanced budget in Canada. The theme of this year's budget is Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage. One of the ways it does that is providing responsible fiscal management within a framework of sustainable spending on services and initiatives important to Saskatchewan people and keeping the promises we made in last fall's election, an advantage created by the hard work of all of us. This is a budget...

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Legislative Report - March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

There were a couple of big announcements at the annual SARM convention in Regina. We announced that we are partnering with the federal government to provide $1.8 million to help producers and rural municipalities (RMs) control beavers, rats, wild boars and gophers. These animals can be a significant economic liability for our farmers and ranchers and this funding will help them mitigate the damage they cause. Imagine a line of...

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Legislative Report - March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

It is often said a society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. With that in mind, our government is continuing to take action to better meet the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Starting April 1, 2012, we are changing the way we fund day programs from the old cost-per-space model developed in the 1970s to one that is based on the actual needs of each individual. This will also allow us to devote more resources...

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Legislative Report - March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

Spring is often referred to as the season of renewal. That phrase has special significance for our government as the spring session of the legislature gets underway. In the coming weeks, we will have the opportunity to renew and honour the trust that you placed in us last fall. The 2012-13 budget will be balanced and contain sustainable government programming. It will keep our campaign promises, including a scholarship to help...

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Legislative Report - February 17, 2012

February 17, 2012

Surgical wait times are down again, as our government continues making progress towards its goal of no one waiting more than 3 months for surgery by 2014. New statistics updated to the end of last December show the number of patients waiting more than 18 months is down 89 per cent from where it was in 2007. The number of people waiting more than 12 months is down 76 per cent. Over the last five years, our government has instituted several...

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Legislative Report - February 2, 2012

February 2, 2012

The Premier has announced that the spring session of the Legislative Assembly will begin on Monday March 5th. The initial focus of the session will be the first budget of our second term. The 2012-13 provincial budget will be delivered on March 21st. This budget will keep our economy strong and growing, be balanced and deliver on our modest campaign promises. Our campaign promises were designed to ensure that everyone continues...

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Legislative Report - January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012

Our government is keeping the promise we made to help find answers for MS patients and their families. On January 12, we announced that MS patients in Saskatchewan can now apply to take part in the largest Liberation Therapy clinical trial of its type. The two-year, double-blind clinical trial at Albany Medical Centre in Albany, New York is in the final stages of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval and can proceed immediately. Our...

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