Saskatchewan Party MLA Re­port from the Leg­is­la­ture

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta -

2018 was most cer­tainly a year of change in Saskatchewan pol­i­tics as, all within the first few months, we wel­comed a new Pre­mier, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker of the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly, and sev­eral new­ly­elected mem­bers of our Gov­ern­ment Cau­cus.

Un­der the strong lead­er­ship of Pre­mier Scott Moe, your Saskatchewan Party gov­ern­ment re­newed its re­solve to stand up for Saskatchewan. We are fight­ing the fed­eral car­bon tax, sup­port­ing our econ­omy, and on track to bal­ance the bud­get later this spring.

At the start of a new year, Saskatchewan’s fis­cal and eco­nomic out­look has strength­ened and our 3-year-plan to care­fully man­age spend­ing, in­vest in pri­or­i­ties for Saskatchewan peo­ple, shift from our re­liance on volatile re­source rev­enue and keep our econ­omy strong is work­ing. Four con­sec­u­tive months of year-over-year job in­creases shows a pos­i­tive trend for our econ­omy. In spite of head­winds that our econ­omy faces out­side of our bor­ders, job cre­ators are choos­ing Saskatchewan as the best prov­ince in West­ern Canada to in­vest and cre­ate jobs.

Your Saskatchewan Party gov­ern­ment main­tains a fo­cus on growth and op­por­tu­nity be­cause we know that a strong econ­omy is essen­tial to strengthen com­mu­ni­ties and make life bet­ter not just for our­selves, but for our friends, neigh­bours, and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

We con­tinue to push for pipe­lines to en­sure our oil can get to mar­ket. The dra­matic price dif­fer­en­tial should be a call to ac­tion for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to scrap Bill C-69, build the Trans Moun­tain ex­pan­sion, and cre­ate a pos­i­tive reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment. We have also pro­posed changes to Canada’s Equal­iza­tion pro­gram but the fed­eral gov­ern­ment said no. They re­newed the cur­rent for­mula for an­other five years, send­ing an­other $13 bil­lion in equal­iza­tion pay­ments to Quebec while Al­berta and Saskatchewan will re­ceive $0.

My com­mit­ment, along with that of our gov­ern­ment, is to al­ways stand up for the peo­ple of our prov­ince. While we face many chal­lenges, one thing is cer­tain: Saskatchewan peo­ple are de­ter­mined, re­silient and re­source­ful. Our gov­ern­ment will al­ways re­flect those qual­i­ties as it stands up for our prov­ince and its peo­ple as we work to build a stronger Saskatchewan.

Jim Reiter, Rose­town-El­rose MLA Of­fice: P.O. Box 278, 215 Main St. Rose­town, SK. S0L 2V0 Phone: 306-882-4105

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