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Legislative Report
(18 Dec 2012)

Amazing Year for Saskatchewan

With the Christmas season upon us, we are reminded time and again of how fortunate we are to call a place like Saskatchewan home. Ours is a province where you know your neighbours and you are there for them when they need you. We are known across the country for our rich tradition of volunteerism; helping those less fortunate. As family and friends draw near, it is important we remember just how special this place we live in is.

2012 was another amazing year for Saskatchewan. The provincial economy remained one of the strongest in Canada. Our government announced its fifth consecutive balanced budget. We continued to make historic investments in the infrastructure a growing province needs – highways, schools and healthcare facilities. We made further investments in programs and services important to you and your family – all within the context of a balanced budget.

23,000 more people now call our province home, pushing the population to an all-time high of 1,086,564. Growth like that means we are well on our way to achieving one of the ambitious goals we set in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth released this fall: a population of 1.2 million by 2020.

For our government, the Growth Plan was an important milestone. In it, we laid out our vision to keep Saskatchewan strong and growing. We committed to investing a further $2.5 billion in infrastructure over the next three years, lowering business taxes and doubling the value of our exports by 2020. The Growth Plan also outlined our government’s direction to improve healthcare and education, build growing and safe communities and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The purpose of growth should be to build a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents. Our Growth Plan will do that.

Looking ahead to 2013, there are already positive indications. The latest economic outlook for next year suggests Saskatchewan’s will have the highest rate of growth in Canada. The most recent job numbers seem to support that prediction – in November, 540,000 people were working in Saskatchewan; a new all-time high. Not only were there more people working, there also fewer people looking for work.

Reflecting on the past year, we are reminded how blessed we are to be living in Saskatchewan. As a government, we have taken action to ensure the benefits of growth are used to improve the quality of life for you and your family. With the New Year will come new challenges, but with your help and on the solid foundation provided by our Growth Plan, we are confident that Saskatchewan will continue to move forward.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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