Warren Kaeding Report from the Legislature February 2018

Feb 20, 2018

We want to thank Brad Wall for his vision, strong leadership and passionate advocacy for Saskatchewan and its people during a decade of growth.

Once the place to be from, Saskatchewan is the place be.

Saskatchewan welcomed over 160,000 new people. This era of hope, optimism and hard work brought over 60,000 new jobs to our province with our economy, on per capita basis, growing more than anywhere else in the country.

When Saskatchewan had good financial fortune, our government chose to make the largest debt repayment, income tax cut and property tax cut in Saskatchewan history. Families have saved thousands and taxpayers have saved over $1.5 billion in interest payments.

Today we have a Aaa credit rating, the highest rating possible, the second-best debt to GDP ratio in Canada and $1 billion less operating debt since 2007.

Saskatchewan is consistently the number one or number two Agri-food exporter among the provinces and the recent grand opening of the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre in Saskatoon will help expand development and commercialization of even more Saskatchewan-made products.

Saskatchewan's unique "patent box" incentive - a first of its kind in North America -recently secured its first successful investment. The incentive is designed to strengthen our economy by positioning the province as an attractive location for the development and launch of innovative products.

Saskatchewan manufacturing grew by 13.5% in 2017 - second best in the nation. This sector continues to produce high-value goods which are shipped to markets across the world, strengthening an economy that is projected to lead Canada in growth over the next two years.

The dividends of growth have given us the ability to create and enhance new income supports for low-income seniors and those living with disabilities; to build a new hospital to support those with mental health needs; and to finally build a dedicated Children's Hospital for Saskatchewan.

Growth has helped build new schools and health facilities and has supported front-line workers by hiring 750 more doctors and 3,400 more nurses. It has also helped us take surgical wait times in Saskatchewan from the longest in Canada to now among the shortest.

In 2012, our government along with community partners, helped bring STARS Air Ambulance to the province. This critical investment was made possible thanks to a strong and growing province that Saskatchewan people have worked hard to build.