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Building on the Legacy - A Vision for 2030: The Development of Growth Plan 2.0

Saskatchewan is in a fundamentally better place than it was 10 years ago.

Since 2007, the province’s population has increased by more than 160,000 to over 1.1 million people. Employment growth has been consistent and strong, despite recent challenges. Saskatchewan led all other provinces in manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail sales and export growth. We are resource rich; we have low debt to GDP ratio, competitive tax rates and innovative, hardworking people.

Over the past 10 years, public and private investment in Saskatchewan’s schools, hospitals, mines, roads, and other sectors of the economy totaled more than $135 billion. But most importantly, the spirit of Saskatchewan people has never been higher. People no longer just want to be from here—they want to be here.

Brad Wall has left us with a tremendous legacy. We need to keep that momentum going so that we can achieve still more as a province.

This document outlines a vision for Saskatchewan in 2030. We must continue to build on the growth of the past decade. We will do this by being true to the values and priorities of the Saskatchewan people, by building a strong and stable economy, creating a good quality of life for all and having a responsible and responsive government.

Above all, we must plan for a bold and bright future for Saskatchewan.

Guiding Principles

These principles and values guide the plans, policies, and goals in this document, and the ways in which they will be implemented:

• Fiscal responsibility;

• Ensuring everyone shares in growth and prosperity;

• Taking care of society’s most vulnerable;

• Positive business climate;

• Free market solutions;

• Free trade;

• Science-based decision making;

• Only make promises that I can keep.

A Vision for 2030: The Development of Growth Plan 2.0

A plan is critical to achieve any goal, big or small. Growth Plan 2.0 will build on the 2012 Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, to provide a roadmap to 2030. 

The principle of this plan remains unchanged: economic growth leading to a higher quality of life.

To maintain momentum into the next decade and beyond, we need to think differently about how we do things.

In 2030, Saskatchewan will:

• Continue to be a global leader in exports of food, fuel and fertilizer;

• Be a global solution provider at the forefront of technological innovation;

• Have a strong value-added industry in both resource and non-resource based industries;

• Have a climate for business to thrive that welcomes investment; and

• Have a competitive tax structure that does not erode personal incomes and allows business to continue to build, encourages new startups and allows people to invest.

Because of our strong economy:

• There will be more people living here, because it will be a desirable place for people to come;

• There will be jobs and good programs to help our people be successful;

• We will have healthy communities where our people are well cared for;

• We will have a strong education system that is focused on the student and is inclusive of our Indigenous people; and

• Our elderly and most vulnerable will have the supports they need.

We will care for our people by:

• Making better use of our investment into health care, education, social services and justice by working together and collaborating to get improved results;

• By focusing on prevention, not intervention; and

• Wrapping our services around people in a holistic approach (i. e. mental health, addiction treatment, at risk women and children), recognizing that challenges are not isolated and addressing one symptom rarely solves the problem.

Saskatchewan’s motto is "from many peoples, strength". It is the foundation of our province’s success. We are better when we work together. To reach our goals of the future we must all be part of the solution. As government, we must empower everyone to be engaged and active citizens, contributing to our province’s prosperity. We will be inclusive, accepting all people to Saskatchewan and building on our diversity.

Together, we will work to make Saskatchewan a desirable place for all people.

Building on the Legacy - Saskatchewan in 2030

Saskatchewan has what the world needs. As Saskatchewan continues to grow and develop, its natural advantages, along with global trends will create new opportunities for our province and our people. However, the path forward will not be without its obstacles.

Opportunities

1) Increased demand for what Saskatchewan has – expanding world populations, with growth of the global middle class means more demand for Saskatchewan products and services such as plant and animal protein, uranium, potash, oil and gas.

2) Globalization – there will be continued growth in the global economy and increased international trade. Saskatchewan has to be ready to take advantage of this opportunity,

3) Resilience – Education, innovation, adaptability and nimbleness will be key success factors for strong economies going forward. People are Saskatchewan’s greatest resource.

Challenges

1) Short-term fiscal pressures as a result of a decline in global demand for commodities.

2) We are in an unsettled environment with our largest trading partner. The Unites States’ current path towards protectionism brings uncertainty to our investment climate.

3) Saskatchewan has an infrastructure deficit due to 16 years of NDP neglect and we need to continue to make significant investments into highways, telecommunications, power, education systems, municipal works and health care facilities.

4) The federal government has proven unable or unwilling to understand the Saskatchewan story on issues ranging from pipelines to equalization. We need to do a better job of telling our story.

5) We must prepare our economy for emerging industries, such as innovation and technology; our workforce and infrastructure must evolve.

The Creation of Growth Plan 2.0

Development of Premier’s Council

To guide the development, implementation and progress of Growth Plan 2.0 a Premier’s Council will be assembled of entrepreneurs, labour leaders, scientific experts, community leaders, academia and industry and professional organizations.

We need to seek the best available advice and apply it when making decisions. 

Build a strong, resilient and sustainable economy.

Economic growth is essential to improving the quality of life of Saskatchewan residents. A strong, stable economic climate is necessary for business to thrive and the economy to grow. In turn, this requires that regulation is smart, stable, and consistent. Taxes must be competitive so that businesses can build, new startups can emerge and people can invest. Markets must be open so that we can export our products to the markets that want them most.

Continue to build on our natural strengths in agriculture, mining, energy, forestry and manufacturing:

• Invest in research, development, innovation networks and commercialization;

• Further develop value-add in all industries to maximize the benefits of these resources in Saskatchewan; and

• Maintain a stable and predictable regulatory environment.

Become a leader in the development and adoption of home-grown technology and innovation.

• Introduce an Angel Investment Tax Credit to improve access to capital for start-ups;

• Develop a labour strategy with industry tailored for the technology sector that addresses short-, medium-, and long-term industry needs;

• Modernize our province’s computer science education curriculum to incorporate digital literacy;

• Promote the exciting and varied career opportunities in Saskatchewan’s technology sector;

• Expand the presence of a technology incubator to Regina.

Expand Saskatchewan’s international presence to create new global opportunities for Saskatchewan products.

• Develop a multiyear international engagement strategy in collaboration with industry;

• Keep the STEP model of public-private partnerships in pursuing trade opportunities;

• Keep markets open by pursuing removal of tariff and nontariff barriers;

• Establish a Saskatchewan International Futures Scholarship so students can gain international experience through educational opportunities abroad;

• Build our capacity as exporters to take full advantage of current trade agreements, such as the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Continue to address infrastructure needs.

• Develop a Transportation Master Plan that includes both urban and rural needs to facilitate the safe movement of people and goods;

• Develop a rolling four-year road maintenance plan in consultation with urban and rural municipalities and communities that takes into account economic considerations, asset conditions and connectivity to prioritize resource allocation;

• Ensure the federal government provides priority infrastructure funding for trade corridors vital to Saskatchewan export interests;

• Work with both Crowns and the private sector to invest in rural internet infrastructure.

Protecting our Environment.

• Support 50 per cent renewable power by 2030;

• Continued investments and commercialization of Saskatchewan made solutions in areas such as agriculture, oil and gas, and carbon capture and storage;

• Remove barriers to procure energy from private suppliers, with a particular emphasis on renewables.

Represent Saskatchewan’s interests while working to build a strong partnership with the federal government.

• Oppose the carbon tax because of the harmful impact on jobs and the economy;

• Propose an alternative solution to the carbon tax which recognizes Saskatchewan’s contribution to global food and energy security and carbon sequestration in our soils, grasslands and forests;

• Put Saskatchewan priorities forward around pipeline development and demand a review of National Energy Board regulations;

• Work with the federal government in pursuing bilateral trade agreements with key markets;

• Reestablish the principle of full provincial participation in trade agreements;

• Partner on infrastructure investment;

• Ensure fairness in equalization calculations.

Fiscal Responsibility.

• Extend the balanced budget plan by one year to show compassion and minimize the effects of restraint measures;

• Review of PST on insurance.

A good quality of life for all.

People are Saskatchewan’s greatest resource. Our people are resourceful and resilient. We are a community that gives back, volunteers, works hard, cares, innovates and embraces diversity. We know that to succeed and prosper, we need to create a caring society by building healthy communities, looking after the vulnerable, having a strong educational system and creating supports for an aging population.

Create a province of learning.

• Access to technological tools so all students, at all levels, in all locations have the same access to learning;

• Retain local school board governance for their close community connection but ensure the highest degree of efficiency and coordination for all school boards;

• Encourage post-secondary institutions and employers to work together to ensure:

• Training programs meet the needs of both employers and students;

• Increased opportunities and suitability for employment, continued business and economic growth; and

• The necessary leadership and conditions for innovation.

• Encourage collaboration between post-secondary institutions in areas of procurement, library services, credit transfer and co-teaching in courses with lower enrollment in order to provide better services and reduce costs;

• Continue to work to decrease the disparity in achievement rates and outcome for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Healthy communities.

• A health system that revolves around citizens’ needs to provide them with the best care possible;

• Integrate service delivery of all human-centered programs to “wrap around” citizens, to encompass the full-suite of programs and services our most vulnerable may require;

• Implement recommendations from the 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan;

• Expand remote health care delivery through technology such as robotics and smart phones;

• Increase organ donations by implementing presumed consent;

• Review the long-term care system to determine how to most effectively deliver service while improving the safety and care of patients;

• Expand opportunities for private delivery for publicly funded health care for better patient outcomes.

Responsible and Responsive Government

In order for our plans to be successful, we must have an effective and responsible government focused on the needs of citizens. As a government we must be accountable, transparent and accessible. Our priority must be on meeting the needs and expectations of citizens through the delivery of relevant programs.

High-performing, effective government.

• Reintroduce mandate letters for all ministers;

• Set clear performance measures for all ministries, including introducing and publishing service standards for all government services;

• Develop a transparent four-year rolling plan to help the public and industries understand government policy and budget priorities.

Create a transparent and available government.

• Increase public access to senior government through measures such as (but not limited to) regional caucus and cabinet meetings;

• Increase engagement, consultation and collaboration with citizens and stakeholders in policy development and implementation.

Create an accountable government.

• Ensure the integrity of government by implementing the highest standards for ethics and best practice conflict of interest rules.

 

To download a pdf copy of A Vision for 2030 - Growth Plan 2.0, please click here

 

 

Mandate Letter to the People of Saskatchewan

On October 5, 2017, Alanna Koch released a mandate letter to the citizens of Saskatchewan. The letter outlines Alanna’s promise to run an open and accountable government.

“This mandate letter is my commitment to the people of Saskatchewan. I believe in values-based leadership. This means that how we do things – how we treat people, how we make decisions, how we operate – is as important as what we do," Koch said.

To view the Mandate Letter to the People of Saskatchewan, click here.

 

On Fiscal Responsibility

One of my guiding principles as a leader, and in my personal life, is fiscal responsibility. We all know what it’s like to make difficult budget choices – choices that are often very tough on the people around us.

But as difficult as budgeting can be, it is essential for the sustainability of the province. We must live within our means as to not burden future generations. We need to be sure that we have the funds available for infrastructure – our roads, hospitals and schools – while also offering programs that are vital to our province.

As Premier, I will continue to operate a fiscally responsible government; carefully balancing restraint and compassion.


Ensuring Everyone Shares in Prosperity

My focus is on families – family farms, family businesses and working families. As a province, we will be successful when all families, urban and rural, have access to jobs and a good standard of living.

A strong economy provides government with the resources necessary to assist our most vulnerable citizens.

That’s what the true goal of economic growth should be: to ensure all Saskatchewan citizens can have happy, fulfilled lives, knowing that this is the best place to live and raise a family.

As Premier, I will ensure that all Saskatchewan citizens share in our prosperity.


Free Market Solutions

I have always been a strong promoter of free market solutions.

Certainly, government has an important role to play in providing necessary regulation and basic infrastructure, but perhaps the most important role for government is to ensure that we have the right tax structure and a positive business climate so that business can do its part to grow the economy, create jobs and contribute to communities.

A disciplined government does not to try to fix every problem; it gets out of the way to allow the free market to function properly.

One just has to consider an example from my past – the removal of the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board.  When the monopoly was in place, the federal government would not allow farmers to make their own choices, manage their own risks or expand their businesses.

Government was in the way.  I was a tireless champion for change throughout my roles in agriculture and finally, as part of a broad effort by many leaders, the decision was made to scrap the monopoly and it has been proven right by the phenomenal growth in the industry. The tremendous improvements in agriculture have benefited the whole province. The growth in the post-Wheat Board economy is a great example of how free market solutions raise the tide for everyone

As Premier, I will be a strong champion of free market solutions.


Science-based Decision Making

We need to make decisions based on facts. This has important implications for many parts of our economy.

If you look at the oil and gas sector, much of the debate over pipeline expansion is generated by emotions and unfounded fears. Evidence says that pipelines are vital for getting our resources to market safely.

In agriculture, we need to expand and innovate in order to feed a hungry world. But we also need that industry to continue to reduce its environmental footprint. Striking that balance requires a careful weighing of facts.

In the area of environmental regulation and emissions reduction, we must make sure that we have science on our side; while balancing the needs of society.

On the topic of emissions reduction, I stand behind Premier Wall’s vision of taking a positive, innovative approach by expanding our renewable energy sources and investing in carbon capture and storage technology. This is a much more effective approach than the federal government’s punitive carbon tax; an initiative that will hurt every Saskatchewan citizen while doing little to address the underlying problem of emissions reduction.

As Premier, I will support the industries that drive our economy by using science-based decision making.


Positive Business Climate

We’ve come a long way in Saskatchewan in the past decade. We’ve grown from a place that had a stagnant economy to a place where global business is eager to invest. To keep our economy, our infrastructure and our social supports strong, we need to maintain a competitive business climate.

Part of that means having a tax rate that’s fair for everyone. We cannot overburden our businesses and we cannot scare off potential investors.

It means ensuring that we are consistently maintaining a suitable labour market and offering appropriate skills training in the province. We need to have a skilled workforce to meet the demands of today, while training to meet the needs of tomorrow.

It also means building an adequate transportation infrastructure so our goods can get to markets around the world.

When businesses prosper, we all prosper.

As Premier, I will work to ensure we continue to have a positive business climate in Saskatchewan.


Protecting Society’s Most Vulnerable

As a mother and community volunteer, I believe that government needs to play a strong role in protecting society’s most vulnerable. I am proud that Saskatchewan offers some of the most comprehensive and compassionate social programs in Canada.

When dealing with our most vulnerable citizens, the need will always be great and there will always be more we can do. A strong economy provides government with the resources necessary to assist our most vulnerable citizens.

As Premier, I will focus on growing Saskatchewan’s economy so we can continue to do our best for those who need it most.


Free Trade

Saskatchewan has an export-based economy. We are blessed with many resources – oil and gas, potash, uranium, agriculture and more. Maintaining free, open trade with as many partners as possible is essential for the economic success of the province and everyone who lives here.

Our province has so much to offer to the rest of the world. We have what the world needs and we provide energy security and food security.

As Premier, I will work to break down trade barriers and expand our international markets by taking a more proactive approach to international trade missions and sustained presence in key markets. The federal government plays an important role in trade and I will ensure they clearly understand Saskatchewan’s needs so that our interests are better represented in international markets.