MLA Report (16 January 2008)
Working for Positive Change
The first two months of the new government have been busy ones. We have already delivered on a number of our election promises and will continue to check off items on that list in coming months. We have introduced legislation to set up Enterprise Saskatchewan, introduced fixed election dates, essential services legislation, and a repeal of the 1970s-era NDP legislation that allowed the nationalizing of our potash industry. We have introduced loan programs to help troubled cattle and hog producers. Population and job numbers continue to grow. Saskatchewan people voted for positive change and we are working to deliver it.
I have had the chance to have many interesting and productive meetings in this constituency since Christmas. I have heard from many of you the concerns and issues facing this area. I hear the concerns about the roads, access to clean and safe water supplies, the overcrowded schools, demands on infrastructure, high property taxes, improvements to drainage, among others. These are all concerns I have set out to work on your behalf. Solutions to these issues need to be worked into an overall plan that will take advantage of the current boom and ensure that we continue the current phenomenal growth we have seen in this constituency, and that the rest of the province is also beginning to feel.
Too often we hear bad news stories about today’s youths. I would like to give a very special salute to the Grade 11 & 12 kids at Dalmeny High School. In three weeks, they raised $8,000 that will be used for the purchase of winter clothes for schoolgirls in Afghanistan. Thanks in part to the efforts of our Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, these girls are getting their first taste of a better life after emerging from the oppressive and horrific rule of the Taliban. Unfortunately, security is not the only problem – poverty still remains. With the help of the kids from Dalmeny, over 200 Afghan girls and their teachers will receive new winter jackets. They have truly made a difference in the lives of some very troubled kids in a very troubled part of the world. For that, they deserve our thanks and our respect.
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