Saskatchewan Examiner

Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Saskatchewan Premier addresses provincial autonomy at a Davidson town hall

In Davidson, the Saskatchewan Premier debates provincial autonomy

Key Takeaways:

  • Premier Scott Moe and Arm River MLA Dana Skoropad responded to any questions or concerns Davidson area people had during the meeting on Thursday night.
  • According to Moe, his government is seeking an immigration agreement like the one that Quebec, Canada, and the federal government have.

At the Thursday night meeting, Premier Scott Moe and Arm River MLA Dana Skoropad answered any queries or issues residents of the Davidson region wished to raise.

One participant in the diverse conversation queried:

What is the govt doing about the fact that a baby is aborted every six days? Why is COVID-19 lifesaving attempt prioritized over efforts to save those lives?

Other concerns raised by participants included:

rural internet


Pandemic COVID-19 management

Energy Tax

“This is a conversation. We want it to be a conversation. There will be fair and challenging questions, according to Premier Moe. “What we hear today will be brought up in caucus,”

The Premier took advantage of the chance to further his plan for the province to gain more autonomy. He gave the Carbon Tax as an illustration.

Also read: Ranchers in Saskatchewan demand an investigation into beef and cattle pricing

Premier Moe stated, “We have a duty as the govt of Saskatchewan to enhance and foster every chance to attain what we can in this province. But we also have a responsibility to ensure that other entities and levels of government are not erecting obstacles or barriers in our way to achieving this provincial success, this community success.

“We’ll need to take whatever we can to stop that.”

According to the Premier, the government has no desire to break away from Canada. According to Moe, his government seeks a similar immigration pact to the one Canada and Quebec have with the federal government.

He added that Quebec has many unique factors when it comes to how they distribute the numbers and which trades are given priority for immigration. “Many other provinces would like to have an equal say in how many people we admit.

“We want to ensure that we exercise the full level of provincial autonomy that the constitution specifies. We’re actively considering how we will accomplish that in the coming months.

Senior Policy Fellow at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School at the University of Regina, Dale Eisleris the author of the book From Left to Right: Saskatchewan’s Political as well as Economic Transformation.

He said that the province’s desire for more autonomy was nothing new.

Disagreements with the federal government have “been a persistent motif in Saskatchewan politics,” he said.

In Davidson, the Saskatchewan Premier debates provincial autonomy
In Davidson, the Saskatchewan Premier debates provincial autonomy, Image from CBC News

According to Eisler, the government’s rhetoric and tone are what has changed.

It’s quite hostile, he remarked. People who are very dissatisfied with the Trudeau administration find it enticing.

What complaints does the province have against the federal government, he wants to know?

“Our median income is the second-highest. In that sense, we’re ahead of Ontario and Quebec,” said Eisler. “How come federal interference with state authority is slowing down Saskatchewan?”

According to Eisler, the federal government provides the province $3 billion annually, or 18% of its total revenue. He thinks the decision is more political than it is practical.

They are attempting to influence political mood, according to Eisler. Regarding how intensely they concentrate on Ottawa as a target in terms of their campaign, “I think in some respects they are tests driving thematic.”

This summer has seen several Town Halls, with the next one set for Maple Creek on July 22.

Source: CTV News

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