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Legislative Report (28 August 2008)

Premier Teams Up With Wes Cates To Support Chris Knox Foundation

Premier Brad Wall joined Saskatchewan Roughrider Wes Cates to support the Chris Knox Foundation, which helps children and young adults with cancer attend sporting events. Premier Wall spoke with emotion about the powerful impact that meeting Chris had on him as he announced that SaskEnergy and SaskPower will each donate $2000 to the Foundation, while Wes Cates will donate four tickets to each of the remaining Roughrider home games this season. The Foundation, which was created in honour of the courageous Rider fan who captured everyone’s attention last year, helps young cancer patients attend sporting and cultural events so they can create lasting memories. Sadly, Chris Knox passed away shortly after watching his team win the Grey Cup in person. The Foundation is about “creating moments where children can forget their illness and remember what it was like before their diagnosis”.

“I had the honour of getting to know Chris Knox and his family last year and he was an incredible young man,” Premier Wall said. “He inspired us with his love of life, his gentle demeanour and his passion for the Roughriders. His legacy will touch young people suffering from cancer for many years to come.”

If you would like to get in touch with the Foundation, check their website.

GENE MAKOWSKY TACKLES THE ISSUES OF MINOR FOOTBALL

Saskatchewan Roughrider Gene Makowsky presented his report on minor football to me on Monday. After I had asked him earlier this year to look at the current state of minor football in Saskatchewan, he looked at barriers to participation and for ways to improve access to the sport for youth across the province. His final report includes several recommendations that deal with facilities, programming, equipment, coaching, officials and funding issues. With the renewed interest in minor football, it is important that we work to making the sport accessible so every Saskatchewan youth can have the opportunity to realize their potential right at home, like Gene Makowsky did.

The report is being distributed to SaskSport, Football Saskatchewan and to football organizations around the province for feedback. You can view the report at the Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport website.

SASKATCHEWAN STILL SETTING THE ECONOMIC PACE

Saskatchewan’s non-stop growth continues outpace other provinces and families are seeing the benefits through higher wages. Wages in June were up yet again as Saskatchewan posted the second highest year over year increase in Canada at 3.7 per cent. Not only are people earning more, more people are finding work. Saskatchewan had the largest increase in occupied paid jobs, with a yearly jump of 3.5 per cent, well ahead of the national average. The number of people receiving Employment Insurance benefits is also down 17.5 per cent, again leading the nation. Our red-hot economy continues to pay dividends for the people of our province and your Saskatchewan Party government is committed to sustaining that growth.

WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?

Debt reduction and investment in infrastructure are two areas the people of Saskatchewan have told us the growing surplus should be used to address. Tax reductions have also been identified as a priority area. What are your priorities? The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2008. Tell your MLA or make a submission on-line at Saskatchewan Party Caucus website by clicking on “Sharing the Benefits.”

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