Report from the Legislature November 1, 2018

Nov 1, 2018

Members of the Legislative Assembly just wrapped up debate on the 2018 Speech from the Throne. The Speech outlines our government’s commitment to stand up for Saskatchewan, and highlights our plan to balance the budget, grow the economy and invest in infrastructure, programs and services for the people of our province.

In the spirit of Halloween, Opposition members replied to the Throne Speech by disguising themselves as a “government-in-waiting” – and that’s pretty scary, isn’t it? The NDP used their time in the Assembly to speak in support of all sorts of spooky ideas that would kill jobs and put Saskatchewan’s economy on life support.

The NDP supports a carbon tax, higher business taxes, higher resource royalties, and opposition to pipelines. These policies kill jobs and yet they are the economic policies of the NDP and their new Leader, who now serves as their Economy Critic.

The NDP talk about being unafraid to Dream and Deliver. When they say this, what they really mean is dreaming up new ways to spend your money and delivering tax increases to pay for it all. This aligns with all the new spending their leader has dreamt up.

In addition to raising taxes, shutting down our resource sector, and killing jobs, the Opposition is proposing another $2.5 billion in new spending each and every year. If you ask me, Dream and Deliver sounds more like a nightmare.

With their reckless spending and job-killing policies, the NDP aren’t fooling anyone. They may have a different leader but their record of tax hikes, population decline and economic stagnation still haunts them to this day.

A recent trip to Toronto brought benefits back home.

While in Toronto, Premier Moe and Premier Ford discussed their shared commitment to reducing interprovincial trade barriers. The two premiers announced a Memorandum of Understanding to begin discussions on lowering interprovincial barriers.

Saskatchewan also met with the Canada-India Business Council ahead of an important trade mission to India later this month.

India is a significant trade and export destination for a number of Saskatchewan’s key industries. In 2017, Saskatchewan was Canada’s top exporter to India, and India represented Saskatchewan’s third largest export market with a significant trade relationship. Over the past decade we’ve grown our India market by 94% to $1.1 billion exported last year.

Saskatchewan’s exports to India however have taken a direct hit since 2015, declining by 27%. The Prime Minister’s recent trip to India was not successful in achieving the elimination of trade barriers on Saskatchewan pulse crops.

As part of a business delegation, Saskatchewan will work encourage investment and strengthen the relationship with this large trading partner.

Saskatchewan, as an export-driven province, produces many of the products in demand around the world in industries like agriculture, oil and gas, and mining.

Since 2007, Saskatchewan exports have grown by 46% to $28.9 billion exported last year. In fact, Saskatchewan has the highest goods exported per capita of all Canadian provinces.

Your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan by standing up for the industries and jobs that provide a living for individuals and families across our great province. This means continuing to work with our partners and stakeholders at all levels in support of an even stronger, more diversified and globally-connected Saskatchewan.