Premier Moe discusses wide range of issues at SARM convention

Premier Scott Moe says the province is prepared for the possible arrival of COVID-19.

Moe told the SARM annual meeting in Regina Wednesday the risk of the coronavirus is very low in Saskatchewan but he has full confidence in the medical community.

Moe says the public needs to take some precautions.

“We need to do simple things like washing our hands more frequently, staying at home if you’re feeling under the weather,” Moe said. “I have every confidence in the ability of our health officials in this province and the medical community that we have in this province to deal with this virus, and I would hope that you share that confidence as well.”

Moe also touched on the provincial budget, which will be announced next week.

Moe told the SARM convention the province will provide $278 million in municipal revenue sharing this year.

“This is the highest amount that has ever been delivered under that formula, it’s up $27 million over last year, that’s an 11% year-over-year increase, up 119% since 2007.”

Moe told over 2,000 delegates the budget will have a focus on improving roads and crop irrigation as well. He says expanded irrigation would lead to higher value crops and food processing.

“So in this coming budget, you are going to see a significant commitment to further identify opportunities to expand our irrigation acres here in the province of Saskatchewan,” Moe said. “We want to work with producers, and we want to work with the private sector investors so that we can explore every opportunity to expand this economic opportunity.”

Moe also says the province is seriously considering some form of support for pipeline expansion.
He says the province is losing $300 million a year because of oil price discounts due to lack of pipeline capacity.

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