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Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates' debate in Weyburn
Saskatchewan Party leadership debate in Weyburn
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 6:12PM CST
All six Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates seem to have their own take on how to keep the economy rolling.
The candidates debated energy issues on Thursday night in Weyburn. It was the fifth in a series of debates leading up to the selection of a new premier next month. It was one of the last opportunities Saskatchewan Party Leadership candidates had to sway voters.
All six candidates laid out their plan to keep resource-dependent towns prosperous.
“We have to look at entrepreneurship and we have to look at relying on the strengths in other sectors when the resources are on a cyclical downturn,” said Ken Cheveldayoff.
“What I'm going to propose is a $100 million stimulus package. I'm going to take the PST to 7 per cent. I'm going to move the PST from a finished product of construction, to the materials,” said Rob Clarke.
“Get financial assistance from the federal government to decommission inactive wells. This was a grant program so that unemployed oil workers would have jobs when prices were low,” said Alanna Koch.
“We have to look at training opportunities as well I think your government has done well in terms of advancing training opportunities but we need to do a better job,” said Gordon Wyant.
“A lot of our new business is going to come through entrepreneurship so I put forward that I would like to see financial literacy mandated in the curriculum,” said Tina Beaudry-Mellor.
“Things like a carbon tax aren't good for our province and we won't have that here in the Province of Saskatchewan,” said Scott Moe.
All the questions were submitted by Sask. Party members, and ranged from rural health care, to education funding, to how candidates plan to move the agriculture industry forward. They were also asked what their top priority would be, should they be elected.
“I'm focused on growth, and i think we need competitive taxes going forward,” said Ken Cheveldayoff.
“What we're going to do is stimulate the economy, actually focusing or utilitizing our construction industry,” said Rob Clarke.
“The number one key issue is growth of the economy,” said Alanna Koch.
“We need to make sure that we up our game in respect to mental health and addictions,” said Gordon Wyant.
“Building this sort of next-generation economy it is going to be largely based around a knowledge based economy and entrepreneurship,” said Tina Beaudry-Mellor.
“It's very important that we do continue to engage on some hurtful policies that are often being suggested by our federal government,” said Scott Moe.
Candidates have just one week left to attract new Sask. Party voters. The final leadership debate is scheduled for December 7 in Regina. Following that, Brad Wall's successor, the new leader of the party and the province, will be elected on January 27, at a leadership convention in Saskatoon.
With files from Ashley Field.