MLA Report (26 April 2007)
Crop Insurance, Reservists & Volunteers
Earlier this month, the Saskatchewan Party Agriculture critic, Bob Bjornerud, raised the issue of crop insurance. Currently, Saskatchewan producers are paying higher premiums than their counterparts in Manitoba but are receiving less coverage. As an example: in Manitoba, for 80% coverage, premiums for Hard Red Spring Wheat are $4.85 per acre, while in Saskatchewan premiums are $8.24. Saskatchewan farmers pay 70% higher premiums for Hard Red Spring Wheat while getting $20 less in dollar coverage per acre. The NDP have gutted agriculture programs for years. The disparity in crop insurance prices and coverage leave Saskatchewan producers less competitive than our neighbours. The Sask Party will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan farmers and fight for fairness.
Last fall, the Saskatchewan Party proposed putting into legislation a protection for Reservists. We wanted to make sure that those reservists who volunteer for duty with the Canadian Armed Forces would have their jobs protected when they returned home. There are approximately 900 reservists in Saskatchewan. We were pleased that the government agreed with us on this issue and job protection legislation for reservists is now on its way to becoming law.
On April 25th, I was able to attend the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal ceremony. Saskatchewan is home to some of the most dedicated volunteers in the country and it was a pleasure to be able to see 10 of these special volunteers honoured with the Saskatchewan Volunteer medal. Every community in this province understands the necessity of volunteers – from rec centres to seniors homes to libraries and education programs, volunteers offer much needed services for residents. A big “thank you” to the many dedicated volunteers in the Martensville constituency and surrounding area that contribute so much of their time and talent.
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