MLA Report (15 February 2008)
Saskatchewan Prosperity Paying Dividends
Saskatchewan residents have reason to be optimistic - we are now leaders in Canada in many areas. And all indicators are pointing towards continued strong economic growth. Population is up. Jobs are up. Retail sales are up. Sales of Crown gas and oil rights are smashing previous records. Residential construction growth is up 74% from last year. Economic growth is forecast at 3.5%, tops in Canada for 2008.
All of this is good news in more than just the obvious ways. The provincial government is working hard to ensure that all Saskatchewan residents benefit from our current economic prosperity. Just in the last two weeks:
- we recently fulfilled another of our election promises by funding the cancer drug Avastin;
- I was pleased to be able to announce funding for upgrades to the Rosthern Station Arts Center, and the Osler & Langham community halls, among others;
- the town of Martensville is being included in SaskTel’s digital wireless data technology upgrade.
The list of needs in this constituency is long. Further infrastructure investments are needed. New schools are needed. Roads are in need of repair. My point in all of this is to demonstrate that when our provincial government does its part to ensure that the current economic roll we are on continues, good and tangible results will continue to flow into our constituency and around the province.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 ISC Century Family Farm Award. Each year, the Information Services Corporation recognizes families that have farmed or ranched on the land continuously for 100 years or more, live in Saskatchewan and are still running the farm or ranch. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2008.
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