Dear Constituent,

The Speech from the Throne officially launched the Fall Sitting of the Legislature and has charted a course that ensures sustainable growth that works for everyone. That plan was constructed from your feedback over the summer months, focusing on health care, the economy, affordability, and defining future opportunities.

Saskatchewan has seen record levels of new investment. This allows us to lead the country in economic growth, resulting in a growing population that is on track to reach 1.2 million people this year. Due to our strong economy and stronger tax revenues from higher resource prices, our government will balance the provincial budget this year – four years ahead of schedule.

Our government believes that the people of Saskatchewan own the province’s natural resources and should directly benefit when those resource prices are high. This is why we released the four-point affordability plan. This plan will deliver a $500 cheque through the Saskatchewan affordability tax credit to everyone aged 18 or over. We will continue to exempt fitness and gym memberships and other activities from the provincial sales tax while extending the reduction of the small business tax rate. Our government will also pay up to $1 billion in operating debt, saving nearly $50 million yearly in interest costs.

Revenues from our strong economy will be invested into our four-point Health Human Resource Action Plan. This Action Plan directly connects to Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan while building on numerous initiatives and incentives already in place to recruit, train, incentivize and retain healthcare workers throughout Saskatchewan. The early steps of this plan create more permanent full-time positions in rural and northern communities leading to better retention and stabilizing of health care services. We have also received over 400 international applications from healthcare professionals wanting to make Saskatchewan their home. We will also invest in mental health and addiction services, long-term care homes, hospitals and urgent care centres to ensure help is there when you need it.

There are many reasons to be optimistic about our future as a province. We have more people, more jobs and more investment than ever before. The world is now seeing this incredible potential at a time when other regions are fighting back against a recession. Businesses want to invest, families want to live here, and our world-class resource sector will facilitate growth that works for everyone.

If myself or my office can ever be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact my Meadow Lake constituency office at (306) 236-6669 or at jharrisonmla@sasktel.net

Sincerely,

Jeremy Harrison, MLA

Saskatchewan Crest