MLAs Col­umn War­ren Michel­son Stand­ing up for Saskatchewan

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Stand­ing up for Saskatchewan is the com­mit­ment made in the Throne Speech to open the Fall Sit­ting of the Leg­is­la­ture. Last Wed­nes­day, Lieu­tenant Gover­nor W. Thomas Mol­loy de­liv­ered the speech which ref­er­enced both growth and chal­lenges in our province. I was pleased that sev­eral Moose Jaw North con­stituents were able to at­tend the cer­e­mony.

Our econ­omy and our pro­vin­cial fi­nances are show­ing signs of im­prove­ment. How­ever, many chal­lenges re­main, com­ing from in­ter­na­tional ju­ris­dic­tions, and even from our own fed­eral government. The Saskatchewan Party government will con­tinue to meet th­ese chal­lenges by work­ing to pro­tect and grow our econ­omy, and by care­fully manag­ing tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars while de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant pro­grams and ser­vices needed by the peo­ple of our province.

We will stand up for Saskatchewan against the car­bon tax that Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau is im­pos­ing on us. We will re­duce our en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact with our Prairie Re­silience Strat­egy. We will stand up for our peo­ple and our province. We will stand up against higher costs for fam­i­lies to get to work and to heat their homes. We will stand up against higher costs for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, schools and hos­pi­tals. We will move ahead with the con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­ence case to chal­lenge the fed­eral government’s abil­ity to im­pose a car­bon tax on our province. We will con­tinue to stand up for our in­dus­tries.

Safety, health and ed­u­ca­tion, im­por­tant to ev­ery­one in our province, were all ad­dressed in the Throne Speech. There will be in­creased fund­ing to im­prove high­way in­ter­sec­tion safety through­out the province. Changes will be made to im­prove com­mer­cial driver train­ing. By the spring, cel­lu­lar ser­vice in 50 ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties will be im­proved as part of a plan to in­crease 4G LTE cov­er­age in 100 Saskatchewan com­mu­ni­ties. We will in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion on tres­pass­ing laws to bet­ter ad­dress the bal­ance be­tween mem­bers of the pub­lic and the rights of ru­ral land own­ers.

The Throne Speech reaf­firmed our com­mit­ment to re­duce emer­gency room wait times. Im­prov­ing ac­cess to men­tal health ser­vices con­tin­ues, as cri­sis teams pair­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer with a men­tal health pro­fes­sional will be fully op­er­a­tional this win­ter here in Moose Jaw, as well as in North Bat­tle­ford and Prince Al­bert.

Our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem must con­tin­u­ally adapt to pre­pare our stu­dents for a fast-chang­ing work­force and per­sonal life. New cur­ric­ula will be pi­loted in 2019 to im­prove stu­dents’ un­der­stand­ing and skills in fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy. Op­por­tu­ni­ties in cod­ing and ro­bot­ics will be in­cor­po­rated into mid­dle years and high school class­rooms to help pre­pare our stu­dents for ca­reers in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math. Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Mol­loy re­flected in the Throne Speech that “strength is built as chal­lenges are faced head on”. Lo­cally, our busi­nesses on High Street faced a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge for sev­eral months in 2017 and 2018. In facing the chal­lenge, th­ese busi­nesses and the Moose Jaw Cham­ber of Com­merce have banded to­gether to cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of High Street with a BBQ Party, this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be free food, mu­sic, and en­ter­tain­ment for the kids. Please come down and join the fun. I hope to see you there.

War­ren Michel­son, MLA

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