What to Expect
Ministers are in Saskatoon this week for Saskatchewan Mining Week. The week, which includes a virtual launch, activities and presentations, highlights Saskatchewan’s world-class mining sector, its extensive contributions to local communities and the provincial and global economy.
In Manitoba, advanced polls are open for the Thompson byelection which will take place on June 7. The byelection to choose Thompson’s next MLA is officially a two-candidate race, with nominations having closed May 24.
Having returned from the Western Premiers Conference in Saskatchewan, Premier Stephanson will once again turn her attention to flood mitigation. Rapidly evolving conditions continue to pose a significant risk to public safety and all visitors are reminded to check and carefully monitor conditions prior to heading provincial parks.
The Week That Was
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing $3.2 million in funding for research on carbon sequestration in perennial forage and pastures. The funding was approved under the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI), which advances research to address complex challenges faced by the agriculture and agri-food sectors.
Today, Premier Scott Moe announced changes to the provincial cabinet.
Five MLAs remain in cabinet with new cabinet portfolios:
- Jim Reiter becomes Minister of Energy and Resources.
- Bronwyn Eyre becomes Saskatchewan’s first-ever female Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
- Gordon Wyant becomes Minister of Advanced Education.
- Gene Makowsky becomes Minister of Social Services.
- Lori Carr becomes Minister of SaskBuilds and Procurement, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission, and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.
A new Sustainable Growth Secretariat will be established in Executive Council within the Premier’s oversight under his existing responsibility for Intergovernmental Affairs.
The Manitoba government is introducing legislation that would allow larger increases to the provincial minimum wage. Bill 44, the Employment Standards Code amendment act (minimum wage), would allow Cabinet to mandate a larger increase to the minimum wage when inflation in Manitoba exceeds five per cent in the first quarter of a calendar year.