Outgoing Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer addressed municipal delegates at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Conference Tuesday.
During his speech, Scheer spoke to how aware the Conservative Party is to the struggles and issues facing producers in Saskatchewan, especially after the “harvest from hell”.
He said the Conservatives are asking for solutions for the monetary struggles facing producers.
“We in the Conservative Party understand the cash flow crisis that is affecting a lot of producers, there’s a lot of producers that still have crop in the field,” said Scheer. “That’s really affecting their ability to not only finish the harvest, but also to buy the inputs for this season. “We’re pressing the Liberal government to respond to this crisis, and we’re going to keep up the pressure.”
He also touched on the effects that the rail blockades and the ongoing trade dispute with China had on producers this crop year, blaming the Trudeau government’s “extremely weak” response.
“He emboldened protesters, they now know that they can bring the economy to it’s knees and get concessions out of the Prime Minister,” said Scheer. “What I’m fearful of is, what happens next?”
Scheer also expressed his pride about being from Saskatchewan and being able to raise his children in the province, and said he hopes that whoever wins the Tory Leadership race , that they continue to focus on what makes the prairies a special place.
“I don’t just think that the world needs more Canada, I think the world needs more Saskatchewan, and our country needs more Saskatchewan,” said Scheer. “Ill never stop saying so.”
The 115th Annual SARM Conference continues at Evraz Place until Thursday, Premier Scott Moe is scheduled to address delegates Wednesday morning.