What to Expect
With the Legislature not set to return until early March, these are quiet days in government caucus. Outside of the Premier and cabinet, MLAs are in their constituencies catching up on post-holiday constituency work and attending events. The Saskatchewan NDP took aim at the government on health care and will likely continue to focus on these and similar issues. Look for the government to continue pushing the Prime Minister and the federal government to increase federal transfers, especially health transfers.
In municipal politics, it looks like tensions will be high at Regina City Council on Wednesday as Mayor Masters will provide notice of motion to remove Councillor Leblanc from a community safety board in Regina and appoint another member. Before Christmas, Leblanc and Councillor Andrew Stevens brought forward a lawsuit against the Regina City Manager over homelessness funding.
Yesterday, Premier Stefanson hinted at another round of affordability measures. The Premier said an announcement would come later this week and that payments would “look at everyone overall.”
The Week That Was
Yesterday, Graham Stewart became Canadian Strategy Group’s (CSG) newest Partner. His addition to the leadership team will continue to strengthen the firm’s offerings in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the rest of Western Canada.
Last week, Minister of Agriculture David Marit announced that the Saskatchewan government is committing $700,000 in funding for swine disease mitigation efforts in addition to the $300,000 that has been committed by Sask Pork. The funding will be directed toward humane slaughter by creating a cull line at the sow processing facility Donald’s Fine Foods in Moose Jaw.
The Prairie Innovation Centre at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) in Brandon will soon receive $10 million in funding from the provincial government.
The Manitoba government has announced the beginning of the public engagement phase in the development of Budget 2023. In-person sessions will be held in late January and early February. Community meeting dates include:
- Winnipeg – Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. (Winnipeg Convention Centre, Pan Am Room, 375 York Ave.);
- Steinbach – Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. (Days Inn Steinbach, 75 PTH 12 North);
- Brandon – Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. (Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Ave.); and
- Thompson – Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. (Best Western Thompson Hotel & Suites, 205 Mystery Lake Rd.)
Regional telephone town halls will be held:
- Winnipeg – Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.;
- Rural – Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.; and
- North – Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.