The Saskatchewan Party Platform: "Our Plan For A Strong Saskatchewan"October 09, 2020
Premier Scott Moe today unveiled a summary of the Saskatchewan Party's election platform called "Our Plan for a Strong Saskatchewan." The Saskatchewan Party platform summary will be mailed to every household in Saskatchewan ahead in the coming week.
"We have a plan for a strong recovery," Moe said. "We have a plan to make life more affordable - for students, seniors, families, homeowners and everyone. We have a plan for a growing Saskatchewan, which we outlined in our new Growth Plan last November. And we have a plan for strong financial management and a balanced budget by 2024.
"Our plan means a strong economy, strong communities and strong families, and together, that means a strong Saskatchewan."
More information on the Saskatchewan Party Plan for a Strong Saskatchewan, including a full costing document, is available on the Saskatchewan Party website. The total cost of the Saskatchewan Party platform is $93 million in the current fiscal year, $345.3 million in year 2021-22, $205.3 million in 2022-23, $123.6 million in 2023-24 and $81.6 million in 2024-25. The costs are higher in the first years as some of the measures are temporary to provide an economic stimulus to drive the recovery from the pandemic. The provincial budget will be balanced with a small surplus in 2024-25.
The platform mailer also compares the Saskatchewan Party's record to the NDP record when they were in government.
"The question in this election is – who do you trust to lead a strong economic recovery in Saskatchewan?" Moe said. "If you compare the Saskatchewan Party's plan and our record to the NDP's, the answer is pretty clear.
"Since the Saskatchewan Party was first elected, Saskatchewan has had the second-best rate of job creation in Canada. When the NDP was in power, Saskatchewan was dead last in new jobs – dead last.
"Since 2007, Saskatchewan has grown by almost 170,000 people – the biggest jump in our population in nearly a century. From 1996 to 2006 under the NDP, Saskatchewan's population dropped by 26,000 people.
"Our government has built and is building new schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities. The NDP closed 176 schools, 52 hospitals and 1200 long-term care beds for seniors.
"So that's the choice in this election – the Saskatchewan Party's record of growth or the NDP's record of decline. The Saskatchewan Party's plan for recovery or the NDP's plan for reckless spending, deficits and higher taxes. The Saskatchewan Party's Plan for a Strong Saskatchewan or a weaker Saskatchewan under the NDP.
Moe said over the last two weeks of the campaign, Saskatchewan Party candidates will be talking to voters about the party's Plan for a Strong Saskatchewan.
"I encourage everyone to take a close look at our plan, and on October 26th, vote to keep Saskatchewan strong."