Saskatchewan and Manitoba This Week

What to Expect

Saskatchewan

Premier Moe will continue his tour of Saskatchewan this week with town halls planned in rural parts of the province. Separate from the autonomy meetings that took place earlier this summer, these town halls provide constituents the opportunity to raise issues with the Premier and their local MLA. This is an important practice, especially at the mid-way point of the electoral cycle in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba

Both Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be the focus of the federal Conservative Party leadership vote this week as Pierre Poilievre visits the provinces working to get out the vote. He’ll be in Regina in Saskatchewan and Brandon and Morris in Manitoba. With 678,000 eligible voters, and a good chunk of them on the prairies, these efforts will be key.

The Week That Was

Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan has accepted the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel’s recommendation to increase SaskPower’s rates for the first time since 2018. The Crown electrical utility’s rates will increase 4 per cent this fall, and another 4 per cent in 2023.

An interim report issued by the Saskatchewan Constituency Boundaries Commission reveals that the province’s population is shifting to cities. The commission is proposing that 59 of 61 borders be redrawn to ensure each riding contains the appropriate number of residents.

Manitoba

Twenty-eight projects across Canada are expected to receive a total of $8.7 million as part of the latest round of funding under the federal Agricultural Clean Technology Program, including a total of more than $2.5 million for five projects in Manitoba.

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