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From the Desk of Warren Michelson January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018 View this email in your browser
shield FROM THE DESK OF WARREN MICHELSON, MLA


Premier Brad Wall, “Other provinces are experiencing fuel tax and carbon tax increases effective January 1.  Here in Saskatchewan, we are lowering small business taxes and personal taxes.  Also, no carbon tax.”

OPTIMISM AND RENEWAL 



The start of a new year is a time of optimism and renewal – and here in Saskatchewan we see encouraging signs that our best days are still to come.



Saskatchewan’s population for example has now grown to more than 1,168,000.



According to the latest Statistics Canada figures, Saskatchewan grew by 4,132 people in the past quarter, 14,467 in the past year and 160,781 in the past decade.



This is the most growth our province has seen in any 10-year period since the 1920s.



A decade of growth has strengthened our province and allowed our government to make important investments in health, education, infrastructure and quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.



For the past 10 years, our government has been focused on a vision for a strong and diverse Saskatchewan economy that can be a national leader.  Our growth plan includes competitive taxes and regulations, innovation, infrastructure and engagement with markets around the world.



Saskatchewan people have built a resilient economy, and RBC is now predicting that our province will lead Canada in economic growth over the next two years.  Recovering energy, potash, ag investment and key contracts in China and India are among the reasons for this growth.



Through trade missions and engagement, we’ll continue working to open up markets for Saskatchewan products to help build on a strong, diversified and growing economy.



I’m encouraged by new statistics that show Saskatchewan exporters are leading the nation. Our wholesale trade grew 21% last year, the best in Canada.  And thanks to our outstanding entrepreneurs, our wholesale trade is up more than 75% over the past 10 years.



The new year brings new incentive for small businesses to hire more workers and invest new capital here in Saskatchewan.  Effective January 1, the amount of income up to which small businesses pay tax at the much lower two per cent small business tax rate moved from $500,000 to $600,000.



Meanwhile, Saskatchewan’s 12 per cent corporate income tax rate continues to be competitive and among the lowest in the country, further enhancing our province’s significant advantages when attracting new investment and jobs.



Also in 2018, Saskatchewan residents will benefit for an entire calendar year from lower provincial Personal Income Tax rates, which dropped half a percentage point effective July 1, 2017. Saskatchewan Personal Income Tax rates will drop by another half point on July 1, 2019.



A bitterly cold holiday season had many of us looking forward to warmer days.  Here in Saskatchewan, many of those days are spent visiting our Provincial Parks.



Seasonal camping – which is offered at a discount from the regular nightly camping – provides an opportunity to secure a campsite from mid-May to the end of August, and even into September at some locations.  Due to its popularity, sites are allocated via a lottery system.



You can visit
www.saskparks.net to apply for a seasonal site by Thursday, February 1, 2018.  The draw to award campsites taking place on Monday, February 5, 2018.



Those who are interested in making nightly reservations can do so starting Monday, April 9.  As has been the process for several years now, nightly campsite reservations will be staggered with a registration launch taking place over 12 days.



During a decade of growth, the Government of Saskatchewan invested more than $100 million in upgrades and improvements to provincial park infrastructure.



Projects undertaken include the development of two new campgrounds, upgrading or replacement of service centres, extensive campsite electrical expansion and upgrading, water and wastewater system upgrades, new and enhanced boat launches and new campsite furnishings.

The Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging campers to start planning for the 2018 camping season.  On Monday, April 9, campers will be able to begin booking sites in their favourite provincial parks.



“Saskatchewan’s provincial parks offer outdoor fun and relaxation,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “These provincial treasures contribute to the enviable quality of life we enjoy, while preserving that same gift for future generations.”

 

SaskParks has been testing and fine-tuning the online Saskatchewan provincial park registration system, getting it ready for the rush of 2018 bookings.  As has been the process for several years now, campsite reservations will be staggered.  Starting Monday, April 9, registration launch will take place over 12 days.  Go to www.saskparks.com to familiarize yourself with the process in advance of these dates.

Registration Opens

Provincial Parks Open for Registration

Monday, April 9

Blackstrap, Pike Lake

Tuesday, April 10

Buffalo Pound, Douglas, Danielson

Wednesday, April 11

Echo Valley, Rowan’s Ravine

Thursday, April 12

Duck Mountain, Good Spirit Lake, Greenwater Lake

Friday, April 13

Crooked Lake, Moose Mountain

Monday, April 16

Cypress Hills

Tuesday, April 17

Saskatchewan Landing, The Battlefords

Wednesday, April 18

Meadow Lake

Thursday, April, 19

Bronson Forest, Lac La Ronge, Makwa Lake

Friday, April 20

Candle Lake, Great Blue Heron, Narrow Hills

 

Campers interested in a seasonal site are reminded that starting tomorrow, January 3, they can apply for seasonal summer campsites for the 2018 season.  Seasonal campsites are in high demand and are allocated via a lottery system.  The deadline to submit completed applications is Thursday, February 1,  and the draw to award campsites will take place on Monday, February 5.  Successful applicants will be contacted by phone or email.



Park program planning is well underway in preparation for the 2018 camping season.  Follow SaskParks on Facebook to stay up to date with events and to learn more about winter and summer activities available in parks throughout the province.

PREMIER CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NUTRIEN MERGER BASED ON COMMITMENTS TO SASKATCHEWAN

Premier Brad Wall today said he is cautiously optimistic about the recently approved merger of Agrium and PotashCorp into a new company called Nutrien, based on commitments made in recent meetings with the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Board Chairs of the two merging corporations.



Those commitments include:

  • Nutrien’s registered head office and global potash operations will be located in Saskatoon;
  • corporate office positions in Saskatchewan will increase by at least 15 per cent, to approximately 300;
  • approximately 4,500 of Nutrien’s 20,000 employees worldwide will be located in Saskatchewan;
  • two new business functions will relocate to Saskatchewan; and
  • CEO and/or Executive Chair of the Nutrien Board and the President of Nutrien’s potash operations will live and work in Saskatchewan.

“This is a strong commitment to Saskatchewan, which will ensure that the merger results in a net benefit for our province,” Wall said.  “All of these commitments remain subject to approval of the new Nutrien board.  Our government will be closely monitoring future developments, but I have every expectation that Nutrien will follow through on their commitments to Saskatchewan.”


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MOOSE JAW

Saturday January 6, 2018

What:  School Break Short Films 
Time:   9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. 
Place:  WDM