"Amendments to the Farm Land Security Act have left out a very important piece for Saskatchewan farm and ranch families", said PC Leader Rick Swenson.
Swenson adds, "Amendments to the Act were forced by Saskatchewan citizens because of the Sask Party government's cavalier attitude toward one of our greatest resources - our agricultural land. The Assiniboia Land Co-CPPIB deal highlighted this necessity for rule changes and more due diligence by the Farm Land Security Board."
This week is a very special week for livestock producers in the province and a big week for agriculture in general because this is the 45th edition of Agribition. Agribition is the place where Saskatchewan livestock producers and producers across western Canada get a chance to showcase their hard work and dedication to the industry. People from around the world come to look at and purchase some of the best livestock genetics in the world.
Many Saskatchewan manufacturers also take this opportunity to present their latest inventions and sell their innovative products to the people from 70 different countries which will be attending Agribition along with tens of thousands of interested spectators. Joanne and I will be part of that crowd. If you get the chance, please take the opportunity to attend and support Saskatchewan's agricultural excellence.
This is my first opportunity to comment since the swearing in of the new Federal Liberal government. Congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on appointing what appears to be a highly-qualified and gender-balanced cabinet. Congratulations also to the Honourable Ralph Goodale for once again being appointed to cabinet and Saskatchewan's representative around the cabinet table.
With the Prime Minister's commitment to bringing thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada in the next few months and the recent events which unfolded in Paris, France, means Mr. Goodale has his work cut out for him regarding national security. Ralph Goodale has shown a steady hand in whatever cabinet portfolio he has held in the past and I am sure he will dedicate himself to ensuring that his new role as Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will ensure the safety of Canadians.
Today, the PC Party is endorsing a North Regina Bypass route similar to the one put forward by the Why Tower Road Group who have done extensive research and planning for an alternative bypass.
“It is absolutely imperative that we find a more taxpayer-friendly solution to the traffic and safety issues east of Regina” said PC Party Leader Rick Swenson.
In just five months the cost of the South Regina bypass project has increased by $680 million dollars. “This is the equivalent of more than $600 for every person in the province.” said PC Party Leader Rick Swenson. “It was bad enough that the Wall Government increased the provincial debt by $700 million to pay for the bypass in the spring budget. Now, they have almost doubled that amount of debt in just 5 months and are only adding two new overpasses. How can one project increase by $136 million every month?” asked Swenson.