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From the Desk of Warren Michelson November 23, 2018

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Moose Jaw Receives $690,000 For Policing Initiatives

The Government of Saskatchewan is helping to keep communities and families in Moose Jaw safe through the Municipal Police Grants.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing’s contribution of $330,000 will fund three existing Moose Jaw Police Service positions in 2018-19.

“Community safety is a priority for the Government of Saskatchewan,” Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson said on behalf of Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell.  “This funding helps with police initiatives that ensure the safety of Moose Jaw families and our community overall.”

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing provides funds to urban police services across the province to support 128 municipal police positions and policing initiatives.

The funding for Moose Jaw includes positions in the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan division, which works to improve safety on the highways through increased awareness and enforcement of traffic regulations.

“The City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners look forward to continuing and enhancing our partnership with the province to address our shared public safety priorities through the Municipal Police Grants program,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.  “This is an important program.  Its benefits are felt not only in our community, but also across our region as our police service works to keep our community safe, harmonious and inclusive.”

“The Moose Jaw Police Service welcomes the renewal of its partnership with the Ministry of Corrections and Policing to provide effective and efficient policing services in our community and region,” Moose Jaw Police Service Chief Rick Bourassa said.  “The positions created through this partnership focus on the key priorities of traffic and public safety throughout the region, and support the Police and Crisis Team’s collaborative efforts to provide community mental health supports.  These initiatives are instrumental in enhancing safety and well-being in our communities.”

Saskatchewan Government Insurance has also provided $360,000 for two police officers as part of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan initiative.  This brings the total of the Moose Jaw Service Funding Agreement to $690,000 for 2018-19.

More than $120,000 was raised at the Moose Jaw Health Foundation Festival of Trees, bringing the total to well over $4 million over the history of the event. Proceeds from the Festival will help to purchase a C-Arm imaging unit that will be used extensively for Orthopedic Surgery.
Presenting a Saskatchewan flag to the Osmachenko rink, who are representing our province at the Travelers Canadian Curling Championship being held in Moncton NB.
The team includes Elaine Osmachenko (skip), Candace Newkirk (3rd), Malysha Johnstone (2nd) and Sheri Logan (lead).


Pipelines are the safest, most efficient, and most sustainable way to get our oil to world markets. The problem for Saskatchewan and for all of Canada right now is that pipelines are being blocked, not built. The federal government has killed two projects, stalled a third, and we can’t get our oil to tidewater as a result. Inaction is costing Canadians every day.

We need pipelines and we need them now. Without them, Saskatchewan must sell nearly all of our oil to one market – the United States.

Every year, our economy loses billions because we can’t get our oil to market where it can sell for the world price, so we have to sell it at a discount. This doesn’t just cost energy producers – it means taxpayers in our province and others also lose hundreds of millions in additional taxes and royalties that could be going toward building more roads, schools and hospitals.

Right now, the oil price differential is costing us more and more each and every day. If it were to continue for an entire year, we would see a $7.4 billion impact on the energy sector and a $500 million impact on royalties in Saskatchewan. This is lost revenue that could be spent on important programs and services.

A quote from a Globe and Mail editorial earlier this month spelled out the solution succinctly, “To address the lack of pipelines, build more pipelines.”

Unfortunately, the federal government is making a bad situation worse not only by threatening us with a carbon tax, but also by moving to effectively end the future of pipeline projects in Canada through Bill C-69.

Experts have said that this bill will put the “nail in the coffin” of resource investment in Canada. This creates significant uncertainty for 34,000 direct and indirect jobs that are affected in this province.

The recent headlines are concerning:

Canada’s oil industry declares national emergency as prices drop
– Digital Journal, Nov. 16, 2018

Canadian energy sector losing patience with the country’s lack of support
– World Oil, Nov. 16, 2018

Canada’s crude crisis is accelerating
– WND.com, Nov. 16, 2018

Only new pipelines can close Canada’s yawning oil-price gap
– Globe and Mail, Nov. 15, 2018

We are doing everything we can as a government. We have been very outspoken and we are keeping the pressure up for pipelines, and for less regulatory overkill from the federal government.

Meanwhile, the NDP continues to oppose the construction of pipelines across Canada. In fact, the NDP Leader here in Saskatchewan has publicly questioned whether pipelines are good for the economy and whether they create jobs.

The NDP needs to stop opposing the construction of pipelines in Canada. Billions of dollars to Saskatchewan’s economy and thousands of jobs across our nation depend on it.

Your Saskatchewan Party government will continue to stand up for the jobs our oil and gas industry creates by continuing to press the federal government to take immediate action to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, and to withdraw Bill C-69. We will keep calling for the creation of a positive regulatory environment so we can get Canada’s pipelines built and get Saskatchewan’s resources to market.


A candle was lit during a commemorative service for Holodomor in the Legislature.
The Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians.
The Saskatchewan Government recognizes this Genocide with the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day act.

Premier To Promote Saskatchewan On Trade Mission To India

Premier Scott Moe leaves November 23 for a week-long trade mission to India where he will meet with government and industry officials to promote opportunities for trade and investment between Saskatchewan and India.

“India is one of our province’s most important trading partners and holds enormous potential for further growth,” Moe said.  “India’s economy and population are booming and Saskatchewan has what India needs to support that growth.  Saskatchewan is a world leading producer of sustainable food, fuel and fertilizer, which gives us the unique ability to work with India to enhance its food and energy security.  I look forward to telling that story and highlighting our province’s academic and innovation strengths during this mission.”

The mission aims to improve market access for Saskatchewan exports to India; to create opportunities for Saskatchewan uranium and potash players to grow exports to India; to highlight the province’s attractive investment climate; and to advance Saskatchewan’s post-secondary linkages with India.

Highlights of the mission include:
  • meetings with senior Indian government officials, business leaders and potential investors;
  • meetings with current and potential importers of Saskatchewan products;
  • participation in the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber Annual National Convention;
  • participation in the Canada-India Business Council’s 8th Annual Mumbai Business Forum; and
  • discussions with Saskatchewan post-secondary students and alumni from India.
Over the past decade, Saskatchewan has exported more than $11 billion worth of goods to India, including $1.15 billion in 2017, more than any other Canadian province or territory.  Saskatchewan was India’s largest supplier of lentils and peas, with potash and uranium being other important exports.  Approximately 4,550 Saskatchewan jobs rely on exports to India.

Saskatchewan Leads Canada In Sales and Trade
Saskatchewan ranked first in retail sales growth among Canada’s provinces in September 2018, with a 1.7 per cent increase from the previous month and higher than the national average of 0.2 per cent.  All figures are seasonally adjusted.

“The increase in retail sales from August is good news, as it reflects consumer confidence in our economy,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “This confidence and consumer demand is an important economic indicator which helps strengthen business performance and in turn positively impacts the economy.”

Wholesale trade in Saskatchewan jumped 11.4 per cent in September 2018 (seasonally adjusted) when compared to September 2017, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.

The value of wholesale trade totaled $2.3 billion in September 2018, up from $2.1 billion in September 2017. Nationally, wholesale trade was up 3.8 per cent year-over-year (seasonally adjusted).

On a monthly basis, wholesale trade value remained steady in Saskatchewan between August 2018 and September 2018 while the national average dropped by 0.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted).

Saskatchewan To Improve Job Leaves For New Parents, Caregivers And Assault Survivors

Today the Government of Saskatchewan announced changes to some job-protected leaves in an amendment to The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

Maternity and adoption leave will increase from 18 weeks to 19 weeks, which will make Saskatchewan a leader in the country, offering the longest maternity and adoption leave in Canada.

A total of 78 weeks of leave will be available to new mothers or can be shared between parents.  On top of the 19-week maternity leave, the province will extend parental leave from 34 to 59 weeks for the mother of a child, if she chooses to take the full leave.  If another parent decides to take the entire leave or is collecting Employment Insurance benefits, they will see parental leave expand from 37 weeks to 63 weeks.

The government also announced a new critically ill adult leave which will offer 17 weeks for workers to care for critically ill adult family members.

Changes to the parental leave and the addition of a critically ill adult leave align job-protected leave provisions with benefits available through the federal Employment Insurance program.

“During a major life event, such as bringing a child into the family or assisting a loved one experiencing a serious illness, workers should not have to worry about job security,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Some of these amendments were also made to allow Saskatchewan workers to fully access benefits from the federal government.”

The government also extended the 10 days of interpersonal violence leave to include survivors of all forms of sexual violence.  The time can be used to seek medical or legal help, access support services, or re-locate to a safe space.

MLA’s had an informative gathering with representatives of  Tourism Saskatoon.


Friday, November 23, 2018

What: Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Moose Jaw Public Library

What: Moose Jaw Community Players Dinner Theatre
“Gladys in Wonderland”
Time:  6:00 pm
Place: The Cosmo Senior Centre
Tickets: $45

What: Warriors Home Game vs Edmonton
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

Saturday, November 24,2018 

What: Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
Time:  9:00 – 11:00 am
Place: The Western Development Museum
Tickets: $5

What: Kids Secret Shopping and Shortwave to Santa
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: The Western Development Museum

What: Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Time:  9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Moose Jaw Public Library

What: Zion Christmas Sale
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place:  Zion United Church
Tickets: $2 or donation of mitts, hats, or scarves

What: Warriors Home Game vs Lethbridge
Time:  2:30 pm
Place:  Mosaic Place

What: Baked Potato Fundraiser
Time:  5:30 pm
Place: Moose Jaw & District Seniors’ Centre
Tickets: $12 

What: Moose Jaw Community Players Dinner Theatre
“Gladys in Wonderland”
Time:  6:00 pm
Place: The Cosmo Senior Centre
Tickets: $45

What: Town & Country Singles Dance with Leon Ochs
Time:  8:00 pm
Place:  Church of our Lady Community Centre
Tickets: $14  Married Couples Welcome

Upcoming Events
Friday, November 30, 2018

What: Christmas in our Hearts and Homes
Time:  7:00 pm
Hillcrest Apostolic Church
Tickets: $15  (306) 692-5600 or (306) 631-8238

Saturday, December 1, 2018

What: Small Business Christmas Party
Time:  5:30 pm
Heritage Inn
Tickets: $47  (306) 693-7550

Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018
What: Christmas Trade and Craft Fair
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Legion Auditorium
Cost: Donation to the Food BankDecember 10, 11 & 12, 2018What: Rotary Carol Festival