17 January 2019
Standing Up for Saskatchewan’s Economy
Saskatchewan is off to a strong start in 2019.
Despite challenging world resource prices and national headwinds, Saskatchewan pulled through and created nearly 11,000 new jobs this past year.
Our province has seen strong job gains for the fifth month in a row, and it’s particularly encouraging to see significant growth in full-time employment.
Mosaic recently signed an agreement with China’s largest agricultural inputs company to buy even more Saskatchewan potash. Meanwhile, Husky has announced a new SAGD project in Spruce Lake using industry-leading thermal extraction processes to recover heavy oil and reduce emissions. Both projects are great news for Saskatchewan’s resource industries.
The start of another new year brings growing opposition to federal government policies that are hurting our resource sector in Saskatchewan. In fact, hundreds of people recently braved bitterly cold conditions to participate in a Rally for Resources at the Legislative Building in Regina. Those in attendance voiced their support for greater market access for Western Canadian oil.
Addressing the root cause of the current energy crisis won’t happen until market access is enhanced and investor confidence is restored. Your Saskatchewan Party government is standing up for Saskatchewan by fighting the imposition of a carbon tax, Bills C-69 and C-48, and calling on the federal government to build pipelines so our energy sector can regain certainty and receive fair value for Canadian resources.
Without new pipeline capacity, demand for rail transportation will continue increasing to record levels, which will increase transportation costs for Western Canadian oil producers as well as all other rail-dependent industries, such as mining and agriculture.
Unless pipeline access to Canadian tidewater ports can be secured, producers will be forced to continue to sell into a glutted United States market that routinely prices Canadian oil at a significant discount to the world price.
A lack of market access leads to price discounts that are estimated to cost Saskatchewan’s oil producers billions of dollars in revenues per year, and cost the Government of Saskatchewan hundreds of millions in lost royalties.
This has to change.
While the federal government has promised to force a carbon tax on Saskatchewan in 2019, our government will be fighting back in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. Our constitutional court challenge of the federal carbon tax will be heard next month.
Saskatchewan is starting the new year from a position of strength with a growing population, a growing number of jobs, and a 3-year plan that remains on track to balance the budget. In 2019, we will continue to stand up for our province’s economy and resource sector in order to maintain and build on the quality of life Saskatchewan people expect and deserve.
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Past Legislative Reports
Agriculture: Saskatchewan Party Record
- The Saskatchewan Party introduced the 9 largest agriculture budgets in our province's history (2009-2017)
- We have more than doubled the coverage for Crop Insurance-$217/acre under the Saskatchewan Party (the highest per acre coverage in history of the program)- The subsidy paid by government for Crop Insurance is $141 million with an additional $31 million paid for administration that is not covered by premium costs. In the majority of insurance programs, the premiums fully cover the cost of payouts
- We have doubled the unseeded acreage coverage to up to $100/acre
- In 2017-18, Saskatchewan's producers are tax-exempt from an estimated: $100 million in farm machinery and repair parts $192 million in fertilizer pesticide and see, and; $80 million in farm fuel.
- In the 2017-18 budget:
- $38.7 million for AgriStability with an additional $20 million for program delivery
- $33.2 million for AgriInvest.
- 100 percent wildlife damage compensation.
- Introduced compensation for livestock killed or injured by predators.
- Committing to fully funding fed-prov programs up front