Saskatchewan and Manitoba This Week

What to Expect

Saskatchewan

In Saskatchewan, the spotlight will be on Premier Moe this week as he continues to roll out the white paper on provincial economic autonomy. The new push from the Premier to stand up to Ottawa will shape the upcoming legislative session, slated to begin next Tuesday. Moe will be moving into the session with confidence. Last weekend, he hosted a successful Regina Premier’s Dinner where well over 1,000 party members attended.

Manitoba

In Manitoba, discussion over the NDP’s annual general meeting held over the weekend will continue, with leader Wab Kinew promising to improve health care, keep electricity rates low, and simultaneously reducing the deficit if elected.

The Week That Was

Saskatchewan

As referenced above, the Government of Saskatchewan has released a white paper entitled “Drawing the Line: Defending Saskatchewan’s Economic Autonomy,” which outlines a number of policy options the province could take to affirm and advance Saskatchewan’s “constitutional authority and autonomy within Canada.”

More than 175 health care job opportunities have been posted on HealthCareersInSask.ca in an effort to enhance recruitment and create more full-time positions in rural and northern communities across Saskatchewan.

Agriculture Minister David Marit will be attending meetings in Guadalajara, Saltillo, and Mexico City this week to advance the province’s trade and investment priorities in agriculture, critical minerals, oil and gas, and mining sectors.

The provincial government and Ahtahkakoop Cree Developments (ACD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a new Urgent Care Centre in Saskatoon.

Manitoba

Premier Heather Stefanson has announced that the Manitoba government is investing up to $5.5 million to support the Winnipeg Football Club’s bid to host the 2024 or 2025 Grey Cup Festival.

Provinces met this week at the meeting of federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety. Following the meeting, the Manitoba government joined Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick in calling on the federal government to halt plans to use RCMP and municipal police resources to confiscate over 100,000 legally acquired firearms from Canadians.

Premier Stefanson made her first visit to Churchill last week as part of the province’s ongoing efforts to increase international travel to northern Manitoba. The premier was joined by a delegation of diplomats from countries including Germany, Brazil, and Iceland as part of a two-day tour to promote tourism, job creation, and a vital trade corridor involving Canada’s only Arctic port.

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