The throne speech is done.
The second and final session of 2018 will follow with it’s first sitting on Thursday.
But before that, stakeholders and organizations from across the province exited the chamber at the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina Wednesday afternoon, experiencing different reactions and emotions to the throne speech.
The speech, delivered by Lieutenant-Governor W. Thomas Molloy, was the first from by Scott Moe since he moved into the role of Premier of Saskatchewan.
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A range of initiatives and goals were addressed, including commitments to apologize for the Sixties Scoop, the opening of the 284 bed psychiatric hospital in North Battleford and a return to a balanced budget in 2019-2020. The last point is something that SUMA President Gordon Barnhart very much likes.
“We can start getting back into the whole infrastructure thing,” he said. “We’ve been using some of the infrastructure from federal and provincial this year. So, I think it’s onward and upward on that.”
For agriculture producers, APAS President Todd Lewis noted they were “very happy” about it, noting the mentioning the re-doing of the trespass legislation as a positive.
“The biggest part from producers, farmers and ranchers is the biosecurity issues,” he said. “Things like club roots, invasive weeds, even some of the viruses in the pig herd that’s happening in Manitoba, that’s all passed along by vehicles and visitors on toy your property. It’s just part of modern agriculture that we have to know who’s on our land and why they’re there.”
There was some disappointment from some stakeholders, one of them being the Regina Anti Poverty Ministry’s Peter Gilmer.
“I am disappointed, because we are going through four provincial budgets that have seen significant cuts to all income assistance programs and really, this doesn’t backfill any of that.”
In regards to education, Patrick Maze pointed out there wasn’t much new included for teachers in the speech.
“With the withdrawing of support a few years back and financial support, we were hoping that there was going to be some indication that it would be a priority.”