North Battleford, SK - Today, Sask Party leadership candidate Alanna Koch pledged to improve delivery of human-centred services in the province.  Koch made the commitment as she met with a group of North Battleford parents during her second visit to the city. 

“When I visited North Battleford the first time many community members shared their concerns with me about the city’s increasing crime rate.   Over the past number of years, they have seen a rise in gang-related incidents such as thefts and violence,” Koch said.  “We all want to feel secure in our homes and communities.  Government’s responsibility is to make sure the right programs and services are in place to address our safety and well-being.”

In her Policy Platform, A Vision for 2030: The Development of Growth Plan 2.0, Koch pledged to introduce wrap-around services that truly deliver efficient and effective help to people. Wrap-around services will address all of the issues that contribute to a person’s and community’s well-being, including social services, mental health, policing and addictions.       

“We need to build healthy communities and look after our most vulnerable.  By integrating how we deliver services, focusing on prevention and wrapping our services around people in a holistic way, we will get help to the people who need it most.  It will also deliver services more cost-effectively.   We know that helping people before they turn to crime has better success than rehabilitation afterward.”

In addition to her policy platform, Koch also previously released her mandate letter.  She pledges to run a responsive and responsible government for the people of Saskatchewan, and will focus on having the highest ethical standards in Canada.

“I believe Alanna has the right qualities as a leader to not only help our community, but the entire province,” community member Doug Fehr said.  “I have known Alanna for many years and have always been impressed with her integrity and dedication to a cause.  When she says she is going to do something, she does it.  I believe Alanna is the best choice for the leader of the Saskatchewan Party and our next premier.”

This is Koch’s second visit to North Battleford since entering the leadership race in August.  She will return again later in November for the fourth leadership debate.    

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Kelly Gallagher