SASKATCHEWAN FIRST – EDUCATING OUR FUTURE
CREATION OF AN EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Saskatchewan’s abundant natural resources and a world wanting those resources means that our provincial economy should continue to grow with good management. Part of that good management is ensuring that Saskatchewan families have the ability to ensure that their children have the best educational opportunities available to them.
Part of the responsibility for that belongs to the taxpayers of Saskatchewan. It is very evident that we still have a lot of our students not attending post-secondary education of whatever type because of financial constraints. We believe that it is incumbent upon government to provide tools to parents and young people leaving high school with the opportunity to help fund their education.
Therefore a P.C. Party government would implement a Saskatchewan First Education Plan. Parents or mature students could contribute to an education fund and receive provincial tax credits at the same rate as the current provincial political tax credit plan.
The contribution would be capped at a maximum of $1275 contribution for a tax credit of $625 off tax payable. The program would be capped at $25,000 total contribution per child or at 18 years of age for the recipient. The funds would be administered by the Saskatchewan Pension Plan and could be used at any post-secondary institution in the province of Saskatchewan with provincial accreditation.
Many current plans discriminate against those wishing to enter the trades or apprenticeship programming. This would allow Saskatchewan students and their families to plan for our growing economy of the future. If these tax credits are good enough for our political parties and politicians, they should work for our children’s education.
They are our future.
The PC Party of Saskatchewan believes there are made-in Saskatchewan policies which can kick-start the recovery of employment and economic opportunity in our oil dependent communities. This kick-start will benefit the entire Saskatchewan economy with no cost to the Treasury.
The PC Party is encouraging the Sask Party government to look at our proposal which is based on common sense, sound economics and which maintains environmental stewardship.
"It is apparent to me and the PC Party team of candidates that there are opportunities in the oil producing areas for small and medium sized producers to use hard work and ingenuity to restart and rehab existing wells which are currently sitting idle because of world prices. We also believe there would be the opportunity to drill new wells that may not be completed until prices improve with our proposal," said Leader Rick Swenson.
The PC Party believes this program should be limited to Sask registered producers and companies who file a Saskatchewan income tax return. They would be required to pay a $10,000.00 one-time registration fee if a new company and 10-20% of the calculated LLR fee. We need to let small producers help negotiate this fee structure with the government.
This would allow Saskatchewan producers to acquire dormant assets, bring the wells back on production and pay 20% of returns until the LLR ratio was met. When the price of oil returns to $65.00 BBL Canadian for a full quarter, then the full amount outstanding would become due. By then, the producer should have established production that would also reduce the LLR fee.
Swenson concludes, "We believe this program will work best for new and smaller producers - the very people who are the foundation of our communities today and in the future."
Short line railroads are a benefit to all residents of Saskatchewan. Moving grain, oilseeds and resources via rail reduces the amount of heavy truck traffic on our highways and grid roads. They also support rural communities and businesses.
The PC Party and PC MLAs will work for the following improvements to the short line system.
1. PC MLAs would pressure the Federal Government to create a more co-operative system between short line railroads and the national rail companies.
2. Short line railroads must be part of the discussion during the CTA review process outlined by the Emerson report.
3. A full costing review of National Railroads costs must be a starting point of that review.
4. Short line railroads should be consulted during the development of reciprocal penalty agreements between shippers and carriers.
5. The PC Party will propose a 10 year transportation strategy for Saskatchewan in the Legislature which the Sask Party has failed to announce along with production goals.
We must be able to ship in a timely manner what we produce. Short line railroads must be part of that strategy.
6. A 10 year transportation strategy should include the option of rebuilding closed rail line between existing short line railroads which would allow shortlines to pass cars to the next line. This would be more cost effective for shippers if they did not have to go to a national line first.
7. PC Party will fight to protect the Legislated rights of short lines to receive timely car delivery.
When the government introduced Photo Radar, the general consensus was that it was simply a cash grab. The PC Party of Saskatchewan was also in that category.
However, good government is about trying to determine what is best for the people of Saskatchewan. In this case, that means determining whether photo radar is an effective method of preventing collisions.
If photo radar proves to be effective at slowing traffic and reducing collisions then it is a worthwhile investment. The PC Party of Saskatchewan would continue to study traffic patterns in the photo radar locations, and in some non-photo radar locations for comparisons.
We would insist that all organizations involved are transparent and make all data collected public information as we work towards a final decision.
Quarterly reporting by Law Enforcement agencies of the incidents and the quantity of tickets issued for photo radar.
We need to get a handle on what’s happening and to who it is happening to.
If photo radar is to be continued, the revenue generated should go back to the city, town or municipality where it is collected.
While the current government has been very quick to jump on the P3 bandwagon, the PC Party believes there are flaws in this plan. Unless the P3 can generate income such as the Regina Water Treatment plant or toll roads, they are just debt under a different name. The majority of P3s do not give the taxpayer the best value for money.
The PC Party of Saskatchewan is proposing a different approach which will allow the taxpaying public to become involved in the process and invest along with the large private investors to gain future benefits for themselves by creating a process known as Community Partnerships.
Principles of a Community Partnership
A Community Partnership must have the following objectives:
Community Partnerships are composed of the following stakeholders:
1. A Registered Limited Partnership
2. Public Participation – 1/3 - Government of Saskatchewan
3. Private Placement General Partner – 1/3 - The Manager of the LP
4. Private Investors – 1/3 - The General Public, with the Government of Saskatchewan provide RRSP rights to the investment on the following basis:
The registered limited partnership model is based on a performance-based agreement; with the public sector partner setting quality standards that the General Managing partners is required to meet.
The partnership model delivers greater accountability due to a long-term, performance-based agreement.
The partnership model allows private sector innovation and efficiency in all phases of the project.
The registered limited partnership will be subject to the rules and regulations for public offerings for trading securities as set out by Saskatchewan securities legislative standards including the issuance of a public prospectus, annual audit review, and quarterly public financial disclosure requirements.
There are enough people in Saskatchewan available to work if they could get child care. Currently, to attend the U of S, you would need to apply for child care before you conceived the child. Rural Saskatchewan has more of a need for child care than urban.
The “working poor” can’t afford child care.
Education offering a child care diploma would increase the number of spaces available in the province.
We would like to alleviate our employment problems by improving our child care system. The PC Party of Saskatchewan would
PC Party MLAs will bring the following proposed changes to the Child Care legislation.
Crop Insurance has not been meeting the needs of the farmers it’s supposed to serve. Crop Insurance needs to respect the work farmers do with regard to the market and the land.
We need crop insurance to make effective use of technology.
PC Party MLAs will bring the following proposed changes to the Crop Insurance legislation