Legislative Report

I am proud to serve in a government that understands the need to keep our economy strong by opening up export markets and encouraging growth. Saskatchewan has the food, fuel and fertilizer the world needs and that includes the growing Asian market. This is why we’re leading a trade mission to South Korea and China to expand our relationship and explore new trade opportunities.

Saskatchewan Exports to China Top Products 2015
Canola Seed $1 billion
Potash $705 million
Peas $307 million
Soya Beans $273 million
Canola Oil $206 million
Source: Canada Trade Data Online, accessed August 5, 2016

Top Saskatchewan Products 2015
Oil $7.5 billion – up 34% over 10 years
Potash $6.6 billion – up 153% over 10 years
Wheat $4.2 billion – up 141% over 10 years
Canola Seed $2.6 billion – up 467% over 10 years
Lentils $2.5 billion – up 992% over 10 years
Canola Oil $1.4 billion – up 864% over 10 years
Peas $1.2 billion – up 217% over 10 years
Uranium $0.8 billion – up 99% over 10 years
Source: Canada Trade Data Online, accessed August 5, 2016

Since we began our export market diversification efforts, including trade missions, we have seen Saskatchewan exports to China grow by 129 per cent and exports to India by 155 per cent. Saskatchewan innovation and hard work is helping to feed and fuel the world and we will continue to look for opportunities to diversify our export market and keep our economy strong.

Approximately 114,000 Saskatchewan jobs are reliant on exports which means 1 out of every 5 jobs in the province are directly tied to our strong export sectors. Saskatchewan exports were valued at over $35 billion last year.

Saskatchewan has seen remarkable growth in agriculture and agri-food exports with a record $15.3 billion in 2015. That is why our government supports trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

A new federal government study projects that Canada would generate more than $4 billion in long-term GDP gains if it were to join the TPP but stands to take an even bigger economic hit if it were to opt out.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership represents the largest trading area in the world, and untold potential for Saskatchewan producers. In the last decade, our province has exported over $210 billion worth of goods to the 800 million consumers in TPP nations.

Over 75 per cent of all India’s lentil imports are from Saskatchewan. We are the largest producer and exporter of lentils in the world, and thanks to increased trade these numbers only continue to rise.

We need to ensure that individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities are valued, supported and included, and have opportunities and choices in all aspects of life. In the coming year, our government will implement a self-directed funding (SDF) model for individuals who experience intellectual disabilities to give them greater choice over their life decisions.

Currently, funding to clients goes through community-based organizations, but under SDF, we are providing a second option whereby funds go directly to the individual which allows them and their support team to decide which supports and services they access depending on their own unique needs and aspirations.

SDF aligns with the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by providing more effective supports and services, as well as a greater sense of dignity in gaining more independence. The model will be implemented province-wide beginning April 1, 2017. Interested individuals and families can talk to their Community Living Service Delivery worker for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact my constituency office at 1-877-326-3652 (1-877-DAN-DMLA) or 306-443-2420.

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