Broten hopes prov­ince adopts a monthly Buy Lo­cal Day

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - SUB­MIT­TED

NDP Leader Cam Broten in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion Mon­day which would pro­claim the first Satur­day of each month as Buy Lo­cal Day.

The bill fol­lows through on Broten’s pledge to support a grass­roots move­ment of Saskatchew­an business own­ers and res­i­dents call­ing for a monthly Buy Lo­cal Day in the prov­ince.

“This is a common sense way to pro­mote the in­cred­i­ble value of lo­cal busi­nesses, to put Saskatchew­an first and to cre­ate greater eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity in our prov­ince” said Broten. “Even just a small shift in how we support lo­cal busi­nesses can have a big rip­ple ef­fect in our com­mu­ni­ties and our en­tire econ­omy.”

Broten met this sum­mer with the Sask­lan­dia team, the group lead­ing the buy lo­cal move­ment in Saskatchew­an, which has been call­ing on the gov­ern- ment to cre­ate a monthly Buy Lo­cal Day.

Over 98 per cent of Saskatchew­an busi­nesses are small busi­nesses with fewer than 50 em­ploy­ees. A third of all work­ers in the prov­ince are em­ployed by a small business, con­tribut­ing about a third of Saskatchew­an’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

Ac­cord­ing to Sask­lan­dia, for ev­ery $100 spent at a lo­cal business in Saskatchew­an, $73 stays in the prov­ince to pay lo­cal sup­pli­ers, wages, taxes and ser­vices. On the other hand, for ev­ery $100 spent at a non-Saskatchew­an business, just $43 stays in the prov­ince.

“The strong­est Saskatchew­an econ­omy is a di­ver­si­fied and bal­anced econ­omy. Lo­cal business is cru­cial in that mix, and hugely ben­e­fi­cial for the prov­ince’s econ­omy,” said Broten. “I hope this gov­ern­ment will do the right thing and support this leg­is­la­tion, be­cause there’s no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this gov­ern­ment not to seize ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the value of lo­cal busi­nesses in Saskatchew­an.”

By pass­ing the law, the NDP ex­pects the gov­ern­ment would not only pro­mote lo­cal business and en­cour­age fam­i­lies to shop at Saskatchew­an-owned busi­nesses, but also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, help­ing fam­i­lies make in­formed con­sumer choices.

Broten ex­pects the leg­is­la­tion to re­ceive sec­ond read­ing to­day.

Sask­lan­dia is on­line at sask­lan­dia.com.

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