MLA Report (14 September 2009)
Martensville Becomes A City
Saskatchewan continues to grow. We have more people working today than this time last year, people continue to move to Saskatchewan, and although we face challenges, our economy remains stable. Evidence of this growth is apparent in the constituency of Martensville.
On September 4, Premier Brad Wall and Municipal Affairs Minister Jeremy Harrison joined Martensville Mayor Giles Saulnier and me in Martensville to announce its move from town status to city status. With a population exceeding 6000, this is a natural move for Martensville.
Martensville is a great place to live and raise a family. And many young families continue to move there. The event was attended by an incredibly enthusiastic crowd of students from Venture Heights Elementary, Valley Manor Elementary, and Martensville High School. Also in attendance were one of Martensville’s original town councilors, Corney Derksen, and family members of the original Martens family (after whom the now-city is named). It was great to see the young and old; those who watched Martensville’s growth alongside those who are the evidence of its continued growth.
Even as Martensville continues to grow, it has maintained a sense of community. It continues to be a place where people know their neighbours and look out for one another. It may technically be a city, but there is still a small town feel. I congratulate the town planners and leaders, both past and present, for their dedication to this community.
Other communities in the Martensville constituency are also showing evidence of strong growth. The village of Hepburn has surpassed the minimum requirement of 500 people to become a town and will be considering such a move in the near future. The town of Warman, with a population of over 6000, is currently the fastest growing community in Saskatchewan and may also be considering city status soon. Even the hamlet of Neuanlage is undergoing an annexation that will see its population grow to unprecedented levels.
This is an exciting time to represent the best and fastest-growing constituency in the province. It is an honour I do not take lightly and will continue to do my best to represent your interests.
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