(30 May 2012)
Honoured to Serve in Cabinet Again
It was an honour to have the Premier ask me to once again serve in Cabinet. Last Friday, I was sworn in as Minister of Central Services. This is a new agency that oversees the operations of government; it includes the Public Service Commission, assets of government, and Information Technology Office. I am also responsible for Lean Initiatives. Lean is a approach our government has adopted that looks at better ways of doing things, finding savings and efficiencies while ensuring that Saskatchewan residents are well served by government ministries and agencies. I will also continue to serve as a Treasury Board member as vice-chair. I am looking forward to my new roles. Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada to introduce a balanced budget this year. It is important to do this while continuing to ensure that we are ready for the growth that our province is experiencing. Taxpayers expect and deserve their government to spend their tax dollars wisely and I look forward to working with my colleagues on initiatives that will do that.
I would like to give a well-deserved shout out to Nick and Lisa Prebushewski. This past weekend they hosted a fundraiser BBQ for STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society). The Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with STARS to bring this air ambulance service to our province. We continue to see increases in population and increased investment and expansion of our natural resource sectors. STARS will ensure timely emergency medical service to rural and remote areas as well as job sites. Lisa has an amazing story to tell about her experience with STARS – the service saved her life. I want to thank STARS for their commitment to our province and a very big thank you to Lisa and Nick for their support of this vital service. For more information about STARS, you can check out the STARS website or the Ministry of Health site.
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