MLA Report (14 April 2008)
Province is on a Roll
By any account, 2007 was a great year for Saskatchewan. Our economy picked up steam, and we reversed two decades of outmigration statistics. During 2007, the province set a record with $250 million in annual sales of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights. In 2008, things are even better! During the month of April alone, with $265 million in land sales to date, we have already smashed the record of the entire previous year!
Optimism and growth are everywhere. Your government is working hard to ensure that this province is ready for growth and that Saskatchewan people will feel the benefits of our newfound prosperity.
A new report calls Saskatchewan “the new provincial growth leader.” The RBC Financial Group’s latest Provincial Outlook report predicts our province will lead the country in economic growth in both 2008 and 2009. We will also be number one in employment growth, growth of disposable income, retail sales and have the lowest unemployment rate. In addition, Saskatchewan will be the only province in 2008 that won’t see a decline in housing starts. We have also learned that in March there were a record number of people working in Saskatchewan. The timing of our Ready For Growth budget couldn’t have been better; we already have a plan in place on how to handle this kind of growth!
How many times have you heard it said that politicians don’t keep their promises? Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. That we shouldn’t bother to vote because “they’re all the same”. Well, your Saskatchewan Party government wants those thoughts to be a thing of the past. Despite having been in government for only five months, we have already delivered on 60 of our campaign promises with the passing of our first budget last week. Contact my office to get a complete list of promises kept.
Our most recent addition to that list of kept promises is the recent announcement of a review of crop insurance. Making sure farmers get the support they need is important if we want to sustain the current economic growth. The review will focus on ways to improve the current program and will include extensive consultations with farmers and research into similar programs in other jurisdictions. The review will be completed in the fall of 2008. For the current year, crop insurance coverage has increased from an average of $86 per acre in 2007 to $128 per acre in 2008, along with an average 4% reduction in premium rates.
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