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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 invest in schools, hospitals and transportation projects – one such example is the Regina

Bypass. Earlier this week the Government of Canada committed up to $200 million to support

the construction of what will be the biggest infrastructure project in the history of our province.

The Regina Bypass plan features new roads, service roads and overpasses that will make

travelling around Regina faster and safer. By using a P3 (public private partnership) model, a

plan the opposition NDP supports, the bypass is expected to be open to traffic years earlier than

it would under a traditional delivery model. The P3 model also encourages innovations which

improve cost effectiveness, service and safety standards, trip times and overall distances.

The contractor, once selected, will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project over

a 30-year period. The Regina Bypass will be owned by the Province of Saskatchewan.

The benefits of a growing province are also being used to improve health care in order to build

a better quality of life for Saskatchewan seniors. One of the ways our government is working

to do this is through the replacement of 13 long-term care facilities across the province. Just

recently, the community of Rosetown celebrated the grand opening of Rose Villa – a 54 bed

home that offers a comprehensive range of health services, larger private rooms, and state-of-
the-art equipment.

Earlier this week, the Saskatchewan Legislative Building was home to an Olympic-sized

celebration as we welcomed and congratulated the athletes, coaches and officials who proudly

represented our province and country at the 2014 Winter and Paralympic Games in Sochi. This

contingent of ambassadors inspired our patriotism and represented us with enthusiasm and

class.

While we are proud of each of our athletes' individual accomplishments, we also recognize a

select group of those from our province who appeared on the podium. Mark McMorris, Hayley

Wickenheiser, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz and Patrick Marleau each earned medals in their

respective snowboarding and hockey events. We thank them for inspiring performances and

extend our thanks to their coaches, friends and families for supporting them.

Many of our province's younger athletes also made their mark recently as Prince Albert played

host to the Saskatchewan Winter Games. These games build pride, inspire dreams and

develop future Olympic champions. They also serve as an excellent reminder of our growing

province and the benefits gained through physical activity and friendly competition. To all of the

athletes, coaches, parents, volunteers and fans, thank you for contributing to a wonderful event.

Through athletics, at all levels, we benefit from greater physical fitness, personal development

and the ability to achieve our goals by working together. The success of our athletes, coaches

and officials is a testament to our amateur sport system and the thousands of volunteers who

support opportunities for Saskatchewan participants to reach their personal goals and dreams.

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