Brad Wall says items such as the legalization of mariijuana to agriculture will be debated. And, he adds, there will be more.
“Over 40 pieces of legislation will be introduced and passed, I guess, if we get the votes in the session,” Wall told reporters at a scrum last week. “There are some new initiatives we’re going to highlight in the speech from the throne. So things that aren’t necessarily new to political dialogue, because we campaigned on them.”
Wall says those issues are items like autism, seniors tax referrals. The Premier says he expects this term to be lively and has no plans at all to make this a “lame duck” session.
“The federal government is not willing to move off of its deadline on the legalization of marijuana,” Wall said. “So we need to be ready for that. As you know, we’ve had that consultation process underway and expect this session to deal then with that. We need to be ready for that.”
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Wall says his last session will likely be delicate, given there is a leadership race underway for his job. He says everyone, from politicians to reporters, will have their hands full adding there is a lot of “dynamic from both sides of the house” going into this session.
“There’s an opportunity for new growth, revenue-neutral tax incentives for value-added agricultural job creation that we’ll reference from the speech from the throne,” Wall said. “It’s part of our Growth Plan. The agricultural sector continues to be a strength for us. And that’s not just the primary production, but in manufacturing and processing.”
Wall announced his retirement in August and admits it will be difficult to step away from Saskatchewan politics.