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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 2, 2018

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Home Care Individualized Funding In Saskatchewan Gets A $1.2 Million Boost

More Saskatchewan residents will now have access to Home Care Individualized Funding.  The province is investing an additional $1.2 million annually to expand the Individualized Funding option.  This will reduce wait lists and assist with creating capacity within the existing home care program.

“Individualized Funding allows home care clients more choice and flexibility,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said.  “The additional funding will give more people more choice for what best suits their individual needs.”

Home Care Individualized Funding provides funding directly to home care clients (or their caregivers) to arrange and manage their own supportive care services, including hiring their own staff and scheduling their staff when they want service.  The Home Care Individualized Funding option for Home Care currently serves 128 individuals across the province.

For more information, including eligibility and how to apply for Home Care Individualized Funding, visit 

The funding for this investment is coming from the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Funding Agreement.  Announced in January 2017, the federal government is providing Saskatchewan with close to $350 million over 10 years for targeted incremental investments in home and community care and mental health and addiction services.  Of the $348.8 million, an estimated $190 million will support improved home and community care services


Report from the Legislature

Members of the Legislative Assembly just wrapped up debate on the 2018 Speech from the Throne. The Speech outlines our government’s commitment to stand up for Saskatchewan, and highlights our plan to balance the budget, grow the economy and invest in infrastructure, programs and services for the people of our province.

In the spirit of Halloween, Opposition members replied to the Throne Speech by disguising themselves as a “government-in-waiting” – and that’s pretty scary, isn’t it? The NDP used their time in the Assembly to speak in support of all sorts of spooky ideas that would kill jobs and put Saskatchewan’s economy on life support.

The NDP supports a carbon tax, higher business taxes, higher resource royalties, and opposition to pipelines. These policies kill jobs and yet they are the economic policies of the NDP and their new Leader, who now serves as their Economy Critic.

The NDP talk about being unafraid to Dream and Deliver. When they say this, what they really mean is dreaming up new ways to spend your money and delivering tax increases to pay for it all. This aligns with all the new spending their leader has dreamt up.

In addition to raising taxes, shutting down our resource sector, and killing jobs, the Opposition is proposing another $2.5 billion in new spending each and every year. If you ask me, Dream and Deliver sounds more like a nightmare.

With their reckless spending and job-killing policies, the NDP aren’t fooling anyone. They may have a different leader but their record of tax hikes, population decline and economic stagnation still haunts them to this day.

A recent trip to Toronto brought benefits back home.

While in Toronto, Premier Moe and Premier Ford discussed their shared commitment to reducing interprovincial trade barriers. The two premiers announced a Memorandum of Understanding to begin discussions on lowering interprovincial barriers.

Saskatchewan also met with the Canada-India Business Council ahead of an important trade mission to India later this month.

India is a significant trade and export destination for a number of Saskatchewan’s key industries. In 2017, Saskatchewan was Canada’s top exporter to India, and India represented Saskatchewan’s third largest export market with a significant trade relationship. Over the past decade we’ve grown our India market by 94 per cent to $1.1 billion exported last year.

Saskatchewan’s exports to India however have taken a direct hit since 2015, declining by 27 per cent. The Prime Minister’s recent trip to India was not successful in achieving the elimination of trade barriers on Saskatchewan pulse crops.

As part of a business delegation, Saskatchewan will work encourage investment and strengthen the relationship with this large trading partner.

Saskatchewan, as an export-driven province, produces many of the products in demand around the world in industries like agriculture, oil and gas, and mining.

Since 2007, Saskatchewan exports have grown by 46 per cent to $28.9 billion exported last year. In fact, Saskatchewan has the highest goods exported per capita of all Canadian provinces.

The largest trading market for our nation and this province is the United States. Our interconnected economies see millions of dollars of goods cross the borders daily, benefitting businesses and consumers, and supporting jobs.

While the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will ensure continued access to U.S. markets for Saskatchewan products, protectionist threats from the U.S. administration remain.

Our province continues to face the threat of tariffs on Saskatchewan softwood lumber and steel. This is in addition to the United States Department of Commerce’s spurious investigation of Saskatchewan uranium as a threat to U.S. national security, and possible tariffs that may arise from that investigation.

Our government will continue to work with Ottawa to support the Canadian economy and this critical trading relationship, while supporting our own customers and connections in the United States to preserve Saskatchewan’s relationship with our largest trading partner.

The Premier recently completed a trade mission to China. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan remains reliant on our federal government to negotiate international trade agreements, and Canada’s trade relationship with China has stalled as our country has not started formal free trade discussions as expected.

The Government of Canada has also not indicated a willingness to expand uranium exports to China – an initiative that would benefit northern Saskatchewan miners and workers.

Your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan by standing up for the industries and jobs that provide a living for individuals and families across our great province. This means continuing to work with our partners and stakeholders at all levels in support of an even stronger, more diversified and globally-connected Saskatchewan.

SaskEnergy Rate Reduction To Lowest Level In 19 Years Could Be Wiped Out By Federal Carbon Tax

Starting November 1, 2018, Saskatchewan homeowners and businesses will see their natural gas rates reduced.  However, the savings may be only temporary if the federal carbon tax is imposed on SaskEnergy customers.

SaskEnergy’s commodity rate drops from $3.65/Gigajoule (GJ) to $2.95/Gigajoule (GJ) today, which is the lowest rate offered to customers since 1999.  SaskEnergy has applied to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel for an even lower rate of $2.65/GJ, which would come into effect on April 1, 2019.  The Government of Saskatchewan approved SaskEnergy’s request for an interim November 1 rate to allow customers to take advantage of lower rates during the peak winter heating season.

“One of the largest commodity rate reductions in SaskEnergy’s 30-year history could be short-lived, due to the Trudeau government’s plan to impose a fuel levy this spring on every home, farm, and business served by natural gas,” Minister responsible for SaskEnergy Bronwyn Eyre said.  “While SaskEnergy has been able to pass along savings this winter, the corporation could be forced into several years of large, uncalled-for increases due to the federal carbon tax.”

Eyre said the total SaskEnergy rate reduction is designed to save customers about $80/year, while the federal carbon tax will see a $1/GJ increase April 1, 2019.  This would increase an average residential natural gas bill by approximately 12 per cent or $100-$120 annually.

SaskEnergy’s rate application includes both the commodity rate reduction to $2.65/GJ, as well as a modest delivery service rate increase of 3.7 per cent, which will fund safety and system integrity programs.

SaskEnergy is currently analyzing the impact of the federal carbon tax on its internal operations to determine whether it will need to amend its delivery service rate application.
BETTER TOGETHER FOOD DRIVE for the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

Over 54,000 LBS of food collected from our community to help those less fortunate during the winter months.  I am proud of our community and how everyone comes together to help others in need.  Good job Moose Jaw!

Provincial And Municipal Election Dates To Be Adjusted

Premier Scott Moe, Justice Minister Don Morgan and Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding today announced that the 2020 provincial, municipal and school board election dates will be adjusted slightly to provide more separation between the two dates.

Under the existing election laws, the 2020 provincial election would have been held five days after municipal elections.  Those laws will be amended so the provincial election is held on October 26, 2020, with municipal and school board elections held two weeks later on November 9, 2020.  The updates to the legislation will outline that following 2020 on a four-year schedule, future provincial elections will be held on the last Monday in October and future municipal elections will occur on the second Wednesday in November, unless it falls on Remembrance Day.

“After consulting extensively with both rural and urban municipalities, it was clear they wanted to keep their elections in the fall of 2020,” Moe said.  “We believe we have reached a reasonable compromise that will allow local officials time to prepare for these changes.”

“Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased that voters in Saskatchewan’s hometowns will continue to head to the polls every four years to elect their municipal government,” SUMA President Gordon Barnhart said.  “Our hometown governments are the order of government closest to the people and established election dates promote accountability and transparency.”

“Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is generally satisfied with the municipal election date being moved to November 9, 2020,” SARM President Ray Orb said.  “Our members did not want to postpone municipal elections by one year and although a date change was not our preferred option, the current option will allow time for our farmers to complete harvest and will not interfere with SARM’s Midterm Convention 2020.”

“We are pleased the dates have been chosen and we respect the Government of Saskatchewan’s authority to make this decision,” Saskatchewan School Boards Association President Dr. Shawn Davidson said.  “We believe that this change will be less challenging than other options that were considered and we look forward to ongoing partnership and collaboration.  Locally elected boards will continue to work hard to represent the families and communities that elect us.”

Moe noted that in 1991 and 2003, the municipal and provincial elections were held about two weeks apart.  He said the government decided to flip the order (putting the provincial election before the municipal election) because moving the provincial election back would make it difficult, if not impossible, to hold a legislative session before Christmas.

“Fall provincial elections make sense because they don’t disrupt the legislative calendar,” Moe said.  “The government can still introduce the Throne Speech in the fall and a budget at the usual time in the spring.”

Prior to the 2016 provincial election, the previous four elections had been held in the fall.  The 2016 election was in April, due to a fall 2015 federal election, which delayed the provincial budget until June.

Legislation Introduced To Support Prairie Resilience

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan introduced legislation in the Saskatchewan Legislature today that will facilitate key components of, and further advance, Prairie Resilience, the province’s climate change strategy.

Bill 132, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, provides the regulatory framework for performance standards to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, a provincial technology fund, performance credits and offset credits.

“These amendments are an important step in fulfilling our government’s promise to reduce emissions and make Saskatchewan more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” Duncan said.  “We already have an effective plan, and we are proceeding with industrial performance standards and compliance options in 2019 – especially with the federal government’s recognition of Prairie Resilience.”

In addition to performance standards and compliance options, these amendments require large emitters to register with the province, provide for administrative efficiencies in governance of the technology fund, and enable associated regulations and standards.  Stakeholders, including industry and associations, provided input into the regulatory framework and indicated support for the amendments throughout summer and fall 2018.

Prairie Resilience, the province’s made-in-Saskatchewan climate change strategy, is designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for changing conditions, and protect people and communities through resilience and readiness.  The strategy, available at 
www.saskatchewan.ca, proposes action in key areas including natural systems, physical infrastructure, economic sustainability and community preparedness.

  • Completing the new 284-bed state-of-the-art Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford to help those facing significant mental health needs;
  • Continuing to improve response times and enhance officer visibility in rural Saskatchewan through the Protection and Response Team;
  • Becoming the first province in Canada with Clare’s Law – legislation designed to provide a framework for police services to disclose information about someone’s violent or abusive past to intimate partners who may be at risk;
  • Expanding interpersonal violence leave to include sexual violence of any kind;
  • Amending The Saskatchewan Employment Act to create a new critically ill adult leave to allow family members of critically ill adults to take up to 15 weeks leave to care for their family member;
  • Expanding parental leave from 37 weeks to 63 weeks and adding an additional week of maternity leave;
  • Apologizing to Sixties Scoop survivors in our province who were impacted by historical government policies of child apprehension and adoption;
  • Introducing changes to improve commercial driver training;
  • Increasing funding to improve intersection safety throughout the province;
  • Safely regulating the sale and distribution of cannabis through a competitive private model;
  • Amending The Police Act to enable rural municipalities and municipalities with populations under 500 to join regional police services;
  • Making changes to The Seizure of Criminal Property Act to make it easier for property to be seized if it has been acquired through unlawful activities;
  • Introducing legislation on trespassing laws to better address the balance between members of the public and the rights of rural landowners; and
  • Offering free hunting and fishing licenses to Canadian military veterans.
Our Throne Speech outlines our commitment to growing our economy and delivering important programs and services for the people of the province. While we face many challenges, Saskatchewan people are determined, resilient, resourceful and tenacious. Our government will always reflect those qualities as it stands up for our province and works to build a stronger Saskatchewan.

Strongest Job Growth In Saskatchewan In Four Years

Statistics Canada reported today that in October Saskatchewan’s year-over-year employment increased by 9,400 jobs.  This is the largest gain in jobs for the province since October 2014.

Full-time employment increased by 5,700 jobs and part-time employment increased by 3,700 jobs compared to a year ago.  On a monthly basis, seasonally adjusted employment increased by 2,500 jobs from September 2018.

“These job numbers are unequivocally positive news for our provincial economy,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Saskatchewan job creators are showing confidence in our province in spite of the headwinds our economy faces in the areas of transportation, trade and the threat of a federally imposed carbon tax.  We will continue to promote our province and the goods produced and manufactured by our residents to new and existing trade markets in order to create jobs and opportunity for Saskatchewan people right here at home.”

October’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 per cent, down from 6.4 per cent in September.

Other October highlights include:

  • Major year-over-year gains were reported for educational services up 5,900 jobs; health care and social assistance up 4,700 jobs; agriculture up 3,000 jobs.
  • Female employment up 5,400 jobs (+2.1 per cent) and male employment up 3,900 jobs (+1.3 per cent).
  • Solid job growth in the private sector with 11,800 more jobs from a year ago (+3.6 per cent). 

New Resource Coming To Saskatchewan Classrooms

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Treaty resource kit, a new Treaty resource is being rolled out for Kindergarten to Grade 9 classrooms across the province.  The new teacher resource builds upon the success of the original Treaty resource kit and was created in collaboration with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, First Nations Elders and educators.

“We are proud that our government was the first province to make Treaty education mandatory for all students,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “We are happy to be able to work with our wonderful partners to provide these resources to teachers who are supporting our students.”

“Our Inherent and Treaty rights are who we are as First Nations, our relationship with the lands and waters is vital to our First Nations,” Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron said.  “We must remind all those of Treaty through every educational opportunity possible.”

The new Kindergarten to Grade 9 Treaty Education Learning Resource is easy to use and includes suggestions for integrating Treaty education into a range of subject areas at each grade.  It provides sample learning activities and links to related resources and ensures First Nations and Métis content, perspectives and ways of knowing continue to be a priority within Saskatchewan classrooms.

“Creating this resource supports all students in learning the true story of Canada’s history with Indigenous Peoples and shares the important perspectives that surround the making of the Treaties,” Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson said.  “We are proud to have worked with our First Nations Elders and educators with the assistance of the Ministry of Education to make these additional Treaty resources a reality for use in the classroom.  This resource supports reconciliation and while others may be slow to the call, our team is moving forward.  We have a lot of work to do and we look forward to more work with this ministry on ensuring education in our classrooms will be meaningfully enhanced.”

The release of the supplemental Treaty resource supports the Ministry of Education’s overarching vision of ensuring equitable outcomes and improved student achievement for our First Nations and Métis students.

This vision is supported by the ministry’s policy called Inspiring Success: First Nations and Métis PreK-12 Education Policy Framework.  Inspiring Success has also recently been renewed by the Ministry of Education and educational stakeholders, including First Nations and Métis organizations.  The policy, that was initiated in 2009, acts as an overarching framework that guides the development of First Nations and Métis education plans provincially and at the school division level.

A gathering was held this fall to celebrate more than two years of collaboration and the contributions of more than a dozen organizations, individuals and Elders who participated in the renewal of this overarching policy that guides the development of curriculum and resources for classrooms, including Treaty resources, across the province.

The Kindergarten to Grade 9 Treaty Education Learning Resource is available in both official languages by visiting the K-9 Treaty Education Learning Resource link on the Saskatchewan curriculum website.  Inspiring Success can also be viewed online at 

Friday, November 2, 2018What: Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Central Lutheran Church
Saturday, November 3, 2018What: Trinkets and Treasures Craft & Trade Show

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Place:  Sunningdale School Gym
What: Fair Trade Festival
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place:  Central Lutheran Church

What: World Christmas Market 
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place:  St. Andrew’s Church

What: Wakamow Valley Christmas Craft and Bake Sale

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sportsman Centre
Cost:   $3
What:  Hope Summit
Time:   1:00 p.m. 
Place:   MJ Library Theatre

Tickets are $20 and must be bought before the event. Available at
* Rainbow Retro Thrift Shop
* Jones Funeral Home
* or by contacting 
della.ferguson@hopesummit.caWhat: Western Development Museum “In Remembrance”
Presentation by Author, Mark Cote, on his book “That Lucky Old Son”

Time:  2:00 p.m.
Place:  Western Development Museum
Cost:  Regular Admission

Sunday,November 4, 2018

What: Mortlach Fall Supper
Time:  4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place:  Mortlach Hall
Cost:  $15 for adults, $8 for children  Preschoolers Free.  Family ticket $45
Tickets sold at the door.


Sunday,November 11, 2018

What: 100th Annual Remembrance Day Parade & Services   
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Place:  Mosaic Place

Saturday, November 17,2018 

What: Festival of Trees
5:00 cocktails, 6:00 dinner, 8:00 Grand Auction
Place: Heritage Inn