MLA Report (16 April 2009)
Public Consultation Process Announced for Nuclear Power
Your Saskatchewan Party government is keeping its commitment to consult with the public before any decision is made on nuclear power in Saskatchewan. Following the release of the Uranium Development Partnership (UDP) report, we announced a strategy to engage the public and various stakeholder groups:
- a major stakeholder conference;
- a series of nine community consultation meetings to be held between May 19 and June 5 in Prince Albert, Buffalo Narrows, The Battlefords, Lloydminster, Yorkton, Estevan, Swift Current, Regina and Saskatoon;
- an opportunity for individual stakeholder organizations to provide oral and written submissions over two days with an additional day set aside for presentations from First Nations and Métis groups;
- the launch of a website containing the full report, presentation materials, online input opportunities, and ultimately, the results of the public input: www.saskuranium.ca;
- an opportunity for those who do not want to attend a meeting or do not have internet access to provide written submissions: "The Future of Uranium in Saskatchewan" P.O. Box 7, Regina, SK, S4P 2Z5; and
- a toll free number (1-877-791-4667) for individuals to leave their name and address to receive a print copy of the Executive Summary.
It is important to note that no final decision on the future of uranium development in Saskatchewan will be made until after the public consultation process is complete. Nuclear power is also not the only option being considered.
Our government is committed to exploring all forms of energy generation, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, clean coal and nuclear, as we look to the future power needs of Saskatchewan people. Our government is committed to a thorough and extensive public consultation process. The public input received by the provincial government will be part of the decision making process. Unlike the NDP, who constantly flip-flopped on uranium issues, our government has created an open, accessible and transparent process to hear the views of Saskatchewan people. We encourage all citizens to get informed and get involved.
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Nearly $2 million is now in the hands of municipalities throughout this constituency through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP). This is money that was promised to municipalities earlier this spring on a per capita basis for each municipality to spend on whatever infrastructure project they see fit. This is money that is to be spent immediately to improve the town or RM that you reside in. Municipalities can now start construction and/or repairs on needed wastewater, transportation and recreational projects. These projects are not flashy but consist of infrastructure needs that have been neglected for years and yet are integral to the lives of every person in each of these communities.
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