Report from the Legislature for July 26, 2018

After experiencing a $1.3 billion drop in resource revenues, getting the province’s finances back on track was key to ensuring the services our people expect are sustainable for generations to come. I am pleased to say our plan to get to a balanced budget by next year is on track as finances are continuing to improve. In fact, last year’s deficit improved by nearly $400 million.

There are encouraging signs in our economy with Stats Canada figures showing Saskatchewan recently had the highest month-to-month job increase in six years. At the same time, manufacturing shipments in Saskatchewan are seeing the highest year-over-year growth out of all the provinces.

We need to do what we can to ensure our province’s job creators can keep producing what the world needs, despite competitive challenges our nation faces like a forced federal carbon tax, limited market access for our manufactured goods, and a US tax and regulatory advantage.

Market access, trade between provinces, and Canadian competitiveness were among the priorities discussed as Canada’s Premiers gathered for meetings recently. It was there where our province gained a strong ally in Ontario as we stand against the Trudeau carbon tax in court.

We understand that taxing our families, jobs, and businesses is the wrong way to tackle what is a global climate challenge. The federal government’s “one size fits all” approach to climate action is deeply out of touch with what provinces want. In our province, we have a made-in-Saskatchewan climate plan that will actually reduce emissions – and does so without a carbon tax.

We don’t need taxes that drive opportunities for businesses out of Canada. As more and more Canadians realize that, we are seeing provinces like Ontario and Prince Edward Island join Saskatchewan in standing up for their citizens and saying no to an ineffective tax from Ottawa.