(12 March 2015)
When an economy is strong and diversified, a downturn in one sector can be offset by growth in others. According to a new RBC Provincial Outlook, that’s exactly what we can expect in Saskatchewan. Economists are forecasting “real economic growth to accelerate despite lower oil prices" in 2015 thanks to "strength in non-energy sectors" – mainly potash and agriculture.
On Monday, March 9, The Mosaic Company announced an additional $1.7 billion investment into further developing its K3 potash mine project at Esterhazy. We thank The Mosaic Company for its vision and continued commitment to Saskatchewan.
This latest investment is a vote of confidence in Saskatchewan’s future. It speaks to the importance of competitive royalties and of balancing the interests of the owners of the resource – the people of the province – with our plan to also have an attractive investment climate.
Residents of Radville and area recently celebrated the grand opening of the Radville Marian Health Centre, a new long-term care facility in the community. It is the government’s priority to ensure long-term care residents have a safe and comfortable place to live. This modern facility will create a better work environment for health providers to provide patient-centred care.
The government is pleased to support this type of key infrastructure renewal. In fact, we have made it a priority to invest approximately $200 million toward the replacement of 13 long-term care facilities across the province. To date, eight of the 13 projects have been completed, four are currently under construction and the final project is in the planning phase.
Twenty new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan, thanks to the most recent results of the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment (SIPPA) program. SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses International Medical Grads on their medical education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine in the province.
Since the program began in 2011, more than 160 new family physicians have completed the assessment and have fulfilled or are fulfilling their service commitment to the province. Sixteen other International Medical Grads are currently completing their clinical field assessments. If successful, these physicians will begin practising across the province this spring.
People across Saskatchewan are benefiting from better access to doctors. In addition to attracting International Medical Grads, Saskatchewan has been successful in keeping more locally-trained family medicine graduates in the province. The retention rate of those trained at the U of S has jumped by 17 per cent over the past two years – from 58 per cent to 75 per cent.
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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