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Report from the Legislature

December 7, 2017

Report from the LegislatureDecember 7, 2017Our government recently released a climate strategy that reduces emissions in key sectors, introducesflexible options for emitters, and protects our province from a changing climate. Prairie Resilience: AMade-in- Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, accomplishes this without a carbon tax.Our climate change strategy is about protecting our people and communities as much as...

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Report from the Legislature

November 30, 2017

Report from the LegislatureNovember 30, 2017 Saskatchewan's mid-year financial update shows our plan to balance the budget in 3 years is on track. Efforts to control spending have expenses down $9 million with the budget contingency covering public sector wage compensation savings that will not be realized in 2017-18. We will not follow the lead of other governments that are choosing to run up huge deficits with no path to...

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Report from the Legislature

November 23, 2017

Report from the LegislatureNovember 23, 2017 Saskatchewan is moving to a single provincial health authority to better integrate and coordinate health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live. There will be no changes to health care programs, services, facilities or phone numbers and residents and patients should continue to access care in the same way they always have. The focus is streamlining governance...

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Report from the Legislature

November 16, 2017

Report from the LegislatureNovember 16, 2017 The sudden and unexpected passing of our good friend and colleague Kevin Phillips, MLA for Melfort, has taken us all by surprise. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to Kevin's wife April, their four children and their grandchildren. Those who knew Kevin best are remembering him as a man of tremendous character who valued his family, loved his province and cherished...

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Report from the Legislature

November 9, 2017

Report from the LegislatureNovember 9, 2017 Our government has introduced legislation invoking the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect parents' choice in where they send their children to school. The legislation is in response to a Court of Queen's Bench ruling that would have forced non-Catholic students out of Catholic schools. The court's decision sets a worrying precedent...

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Report from the Legislature

November 2, 2017

Report from the LegislatureNovember 2, 2017 We have heard from Saskatchewan people and they're telling us that too many rural areas still have poor cellular coverage and slow internet service. In the Throne Speech, we announced that SaskTel will spend $300 million this year to expand and enhance its network with more investments to come. Since 2008, SaskTel has invested more than $2.6 billion to improve service and...

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Report from the Legislature

October 26, 2017

Report from the LegislatureOctober 26, 2017Saskatchewan has enjoyed a decade of growth and our government is working to ensureSaskatchewan keeps growing stronger.The new session of the Legislature opened with a Throne Speech outlining a busy legislative agenda.This includes our government's plans to: Fulfill its commitment to provide individualized funding to children under six with AutismSpectrum Disorder;

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Report from the Legislature

October 19, 2017

Report from the LegislatureOctober 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 5, 2017

Report from the LegislatureOctober 5, 2017TransCanada 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 andboosted Canada's economy by around $55 billion – all from exclusively private sector investment.The federal government is blaming "business decisions" for the termination of Energy East. In reality,

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Report from the Legislature

September 21, 2017

Report from the LegislatureSeptember 21, 2017Moody'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 the highest...

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Report from the Legislature

September 7, 2017

Report from the LegislatureSeptember 7, 2017From early learning and Pre-K to K-12 and post-secondary, students of all ages from ruralcommunities to Saskatchewan's cities are returning to school this week.Parents, teachers and bus drivers, counselors, EAs and admin, school support and maintenance staffare working together to ensure they receive a high-quality education.The start of a new school year can be an...

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Report from the Legislature

August 24, 2017

Report from the LegislatureAugust 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

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 wonderful...

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Report from the Legislature

July 27, 2017

Report from the LegislatureJuly 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, better care and a brighter future. The operating...

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Report from the Legislature

July 13, 2017

Report from the LegislatureJuly 13, 2017 There are more positive signs of strength and resiliency in Saskatchewan's economy this week. Some of the latest highlights include: #1 in Canada for new car sales growth;Strong building permit growth of 20% over last year;Wholesale trade up 13%, the 2nd fastest pace in the nation; andMerchandise exports up over 38%, the 3rd highest growth in Canada. Thank...

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Report from the Legislature

June 29, 2017

Report from the LegislatureJune 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...

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Report from the Legislature

June 15, 2017

Report from the LegislatureJune 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. As...

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Report from the Legislature

June 1, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 25, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 18, 2017

Report from the LegislatureMay 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 11, 2017

Report from the LegislatureMay 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 customers living on the farm,...

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Report from the Legislature

May 4, 2017

Report from the LegislatureMay 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 Potash Canada for choosing to invest...

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Report from the Legislature

April 27, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 20, 2017

Report from the LegislatureApril 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 best...

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Report from the Legislature

April 13, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 6, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 30, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 23, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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,...

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Report from the Legislature

March 16, 2017

Report from the LegislatureMarch 16, 2017 Despite the slowdown in the resource sector 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 9, 2017

Report from the LegislatureMarch 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 2, 2017

Report from the LegislatureMarch 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

Report from the LegislatureFebruary 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 towns...

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Report from the Legislature

February 2, 2017

Report from the LegislatureFebruary 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 19, 2017

Report from the LegislatureJanuary 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 5, 2017

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

December 15, 2016

Report from the LegislatureDecember 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

Report from the LegislatureDecember 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

Report from the LegislatureDecember 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 24, 2016

Report from the LegislatureNovember 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 17, 2016

Report from the LegislatureNovember 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 10, 2016

Report from the LegislatureNovember 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 Forces presented...

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Report from the Legislature

November 3, 2016

Report from the LegislatureNovember 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 who are...

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Report from the Legislature

October 27, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 20, 2016

Report from the LegislatureOctober 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 families their jobs while...

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Report from the Legislature

October 6, 2016

Report from the LegislatureOctober 6, 2016 Prime Minister Trudeau's New Carbon Tax Will Hurt Saskatchewan's Economy Saskatchewan's economy – already hurting from a downturn in commodity prices - will be one of the hardest hit by a new federal carbon tax because of our trade-exposed resource industries. Saskatchewan families will feel the impact too. The carbon tax will cost the average Saskatchewan family thousands...

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Report from the Legislature

September 22, 2016

Report from the LegislatureSeptember 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...

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Report from the Legislature

September 8, 2016

Report from the LegislatureSeptember 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 study finds Saskatchewan...

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Report from the Legislature

August 25, 2016

Report from the LegislatureAugust 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...

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Report from the Legislature

August 11, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

July 28, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

July 14, 2016

Report from the Legislature July 14, 2016 Saskatchewan Job Growth Saskatchewan's labour market continues to feel the impact caused by low resource prices. However, there is optimism as forecasters predict that our economy will begin to recover in the coming year. Month over month gains in employment show that our economy is on the right track. 1,000 new jobs were created in Saskatchewan in June, led...

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Report from the Legislature

July 7, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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 helps...

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Report from the Legislature

June 30, 2016

Report from the Legislature June 30, 2016 Keeping Promises and Keeping Saskatchewan Strong It is a tremendous honour and a huge responsibility to be chosen to represent your constituents in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. My colleagues and I are all working hard to live up to that responsibility. The first sitting of the new Legislative Assembly focused on the government keeping its election...

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Report from the Legislature

June 16, 2016

Report from the LegislatureJune 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

  Report from the LegislatureJune 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...

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Report from the Legislature

June 2, 2016

Report from the Legislature June 2, 2016 This week Finance Minister Kevin Doherty tabled Saskatchewan's 2016-17 Budget. This budget is part ofour government'sresponsible andaffordable plan to keepSaskatchewan strong. Despite a challenging year for the province's finances, there are no tax increases and no new taxes to ensure we continue to attract people and investment to Saskatchewan. We will instead...

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Report from the Legislature

May 26, 2016

Report from the Legislature May 26, 2016 First Home Plan Open for Application 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 19, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 24, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 17, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 10, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 27, 2016

Report from the LegislatureJanuary 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

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 13, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 6, 2016

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

December 16, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

December 9, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

December 2, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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....

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Report from the Legislature

November 25, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 18, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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 a level playing field for liquor retailers. This means all liquor...

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Report from the Legislature

November 12, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 5, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 28, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 22, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 8, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

September 23, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

September 9, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

August 26, 2015

P3 Model Saves Government More Than $30 Million on Construction Costs of New Schools Martensville, Regina, Saskatoon and Warman are some of the fastest growing communities in Saskatchewan. To accommodate the unprecedented growth in these communities, we're building 18 new, publicly-owned schools at nine joint-use sites. Each joint-use site will include 90 new child care spaces and a community centre....

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Report from the Legislature

August 12, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

July 29, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

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 homes, municipal leaders, volunteers, firefighters...

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Report from the Legislature

July 1, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

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 and third...

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Report from the Legislature

June 3, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 27, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 13, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

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 departments. A team of...

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Report from the Legislature

April 29, 2015

Report from the Legislature – 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; ...

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Report from the Legislature

April 22, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 15, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

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 outreach programs,...

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Report from the Legislature

April 1, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 25, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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 is to...

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Report from the Legislature

March 19, 2015

Report from the Legislature March 18, 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,...

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Report from the Legislature

March 12, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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,...

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Report from the Legislature

March 4, 2015

Report from the Legislature March 4th, 2015 Improving Care, Putting Patients First The purpose of 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 25, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 19, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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,...

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Report from the Legislature

February 11, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 4, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 28, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 21, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 14, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 7, 2015

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

December 18, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

December 10, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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; •...

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Report from the Legislature

December 3, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 26, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 20, 2014

Report from the Legislature Nov. 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 12, 2014

Report from the Legislature November 12, 2014 According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's strong economy produced our country's fastest rate of employment growth (19,700 more jobs) and lowest rate of unemployment (3.5%) in the past year. Saskatchewan's strong economy continues to give confidence to employers who, in turn, are deciding to expand their workforce. Over the...

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Report from the Legislature

November 5, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 29, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 22, 2014

Report from the Legislature October 22nd, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 15, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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,...

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Report from the Legislature

October 8, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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,...

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Report from the Legislature

September 25, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

September 11, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

August 27, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

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...

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Report from the Legislature

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...

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Report from the Legislature

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,...

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Report from the Legislature

July 2, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

June 18, 2014

Report from the Legislature June 18, 2014 Saskatchewan is home to real growth and real opportunity – opportunity that continues to attract people from other provinces and around the world. Saskatchewan grew by more than 5,000 people in the first quarter, bringing our total population increase in the past year to more than 21,000. Statistics Canada says Saskatchewan is now home to 1,122,588 people. This...

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Report from the Legislature

June 4, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 21, 2014

Report from the Legislature May 21, 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....

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Report from the Legislature

May 14, 2014

Report from the Legislature May 14, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 7, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 30, 2014

Report from the Legislature April 30, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 23, 2014

Report from the Legislature April 23, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 17, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 9, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 2, 2014

Report from the Legislature April 2, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 26, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 20, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

March 5, 2014

Report from the Legislature 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 26, 2014

Report from the Legislature – Feb. 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...

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Report from the Legislature

February 12, 2014

Report from the Legislature – February 12, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 29, 2014

MLA Report – January 29, 2014 Government rules, permits and paperwork can take too long, cost too much and, in some cases, these processes aren't always necessary. This "red tape" is more than just a costly headache for business owners, it can also be a burden when completing home renovations, applying for student loans and even going fishing. According to a public opinion poll for the Canadian Federation...

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Report from the Legislature

January 23, 2014

Legislative Report - 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 16, 2014

MLA Report - 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...

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Report from the Legislature

January 9, 2014

Report from the Legislature – 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...

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2013 Premier Brad Wall Christmas Message

December 16, 2013

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Report from the Legislature

December 11, 2013

Report from the Legislature – Dec. 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 100,000 people in just six years. In that same...

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Report from the Legislature

December 5, 2013

Report from the Legislature – Dec. 4, 2013 Strong Economy, Continuing Surplus Most 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 27, 2013

Report from the Legislature – November 27th 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 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 Legislature was lit up green in a show of support....

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Report from the Legislature

November 20, 2013

MLA Report – November 20th Government Taking Action Against Bullying No 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 14, 2013

Report from the Legislature – November 13, 2013 Traffic Safety Takes Priority One 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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 7, 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 to honour the brave Canadian men and women who have answered the call...

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Report from the Legislature

October 31, 2013

Report from the Legislature – October 30th, 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...

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Legislative Report

October 24, 2013

Report from the Legislature - 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 17, 2013

Report from the Legislature – October 16th, 213Giving 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....

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Report from the Legislature

October 10, 2013

Report from the Legislature - October 9th, 2013Making 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...

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Report from the Legislature

October 2, 2013

Report from the Legislature – October 2nd Population Passes 1.1 Million Saskatchewan'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...

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Report from the Legislature

September 25, 2013

Report from the Legislature – September 25 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....

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Report from the Legislature

September 20, 2013

Report from the Legislature, September 18, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

September 11, 2013

Report from the Legislature, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 30, 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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 8, 2013

Report for the Legislature, May 8, 2013 The worth of a society can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. In keeping withour government's belief in that statement, we continue to honour commitments made in both theSaskatchewan Plan for Growth and this year's provincial budget. On May 6, 2013, we announced thefirst step toward implementing a comprehensive Disability Strategy. The Disability Strategy...

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Report from the Legislature

April 25, 2013

Report from the Legislature, April 24, 2013 Economic growth is not a means unto itself. If you don't do something with that growth, then it mightas well have never happened. This is why our government continues to keep its commitment to ensurewe 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 18, 2013

Report from the Legislature, April 17, 2013 Last week, our government took a major step supporting the ambitious Growth Plan goals pertainingto agriculture. Under Growing Forward 2, the provincial and federal governments are partneringto 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

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Report from the Legislature

April 4, 2013

Report from the Legislature, April 3, 2013 Spring is slow arriving in Saskatchewan and with that comes the annual spring melt. Thiswinter we saw heavy snow fall across much of the province, which has created the potentialfor significant spring flooding. Our government is preparing for the impact of the springmelt through the creation of the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. Thisprogram will provide engineering...

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Report from the Leg

March 27, 2013

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to potential flooding this spring, and that includes ourgovernment. To that end, Premier Brad Wall has appointed a special cabinet committee to overseethe 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 havealready committed resources...

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Balanced Growth

March 21, 2013

The theme of the 2013-2014 provincial budget is "Balanced Growth." This year's budget isbalanced, controls spending and continues to make investments to ensure a better quality life for allSaskatchewan 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 GrowthPlan goal of 1.2 million people by 2020. Through prudent...

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Legislative Report

March 14, 2013

Report from the Legislature, March 14, 2013 Our government is committed to ensuring Saskatchewan remains the best place in Canada to live, workand raise a family. To that end, we have announced that education property tax rates will be reducedin next week's budget. The overall value of property in Saskatchewan has increased by 67 per centover the last five years, which could have meant significant property tax increases....

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Report from the Legislature

January 9, 2013

Report from the Legislature, Jan. 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 livingin Saskatchewan. This is the...

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MLA Report

November 21, 2012

MLA Report Nov. 21, 2012 Our government's commitment to continuing to move Saskatchewan forward was seen again in thisweek'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...

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Saskatchewan Plan for Growth

October 17, 2012

Saskatchewan Plan for Growth Without question, the last five years have been good ones for Saskatchewan. We are leading the nationin 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 waittimes and help people with disabilities. The question now is: do we want this growth to continue? Theanswer MLAs heard...

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MLA Report

September 20, 2012

MLA Report for Sept. 20, 2012 Our government is taking action in the wake of the tragic death of an 18-year-old girl killed whileworking as highways flagperson. Ashley Dawn Richards was struck by a vehicle in an Orange Zone inAugust – a tragedy Premier Brad Wall described as a senseless loss caused by blatant disregard for therules. The Province of Saskatchewan is partnering with the RCMP to improve safety in...

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MLA Report

September 14, 2012

MLA Report September 12th, 2012One 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...

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Report from the Legislature

June 5, 2012

Report from the Legislature, June 5, 2012The 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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Report from the Legislature

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...

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Report from the Legislature

May 10, 2012

Report from the Legislature, May 10th 2012The 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...

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Report from the Legislature

April 11, 2012

Report from the Legislature – April 11, 2012It 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...

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Legislative Report

April 4, 2012

Report from the Legislature- 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 committment this year to the Cancer Agency is $113.8 million ,an almost 14 per cent increase from 2011-2012. In 2012-2013, it is expected...

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Budget 2012: Keeping The Saskatchewan Advantage

March 21, 2012

Balanced Budget and Sustainable Spending Will Keep Saskatchewan Economy Strong Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that improves access to health care and makes life more affordable for Saskatchewan citizens while ensuring spending on government services remains affordable and sustainable. Krawetz said the budget keeps government promises made in the recent provincial election campaign and focuses on keeping...

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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 grain...

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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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Report from the Legislature

November 30, -0001

Report for the Legislature, May 8, 2013 The worth of a society can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. In keeping withour government's belief in that statement, we continue to honour commitments made in both theSaskatchewan Plan for Growth and this year's provincial budget. On May 6, 2013, we announced thefirst step toward implementing a comprehensive Disability Strategy. The Disability Strategy...

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Report from the Legislature

November 30, -0001

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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 30, -0001

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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 30, -0001

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...

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Report from the Legislature

November 30, -0001

Report from the Legislature April 2, 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...

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