Following a town hall at the University of Regina Thursday night, a busy next day awaited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
And he leapt head into it.
The 47 year old was at the Hotel Saskatchewan Friday morning, hosting a round table discussion on freshwater management.
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Surrounded by representatives from various sectors, Trudeau noted protecting water an issue of vital importance for all on the Prairies.
“Whether you’re in an urban context dealing with water management issues, whether you’re a farmer or whether you’re living in northern Saskatchewan, how we manage our water and grow economy to benefit people is going to be a key challenge in the coming years.”
Despite controversy at the political level surrounding climate change, Trudeau said Saskatchewan understands the importance of taking a long-term, science based approach to freshwater.
“We’ve seen over the past year the increase in droughts, the increase in floods, the cost that has on municipal governments and communities.”
FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR CANADA’S FIRST GEOTHERMAL ENERGY PLANT IN SASKATCHEWAN
Trudeau also announced Friday morning the federal government is providing money for Canada’s first geothermal energy plant.
$25.6 million is being pledged for a five megawatt facility in Estevan, which will produce enough energy to power around 5,000 homes and the emissions of over 7,000 cars out of the atmosphere.
The project, headed by DEEP Earth Energy Production Corporation, is anticipated to cost $51.3 million and add about 100 jobs during the construction phase.