Balancing various priorities

SUMA and SARM respond to the budget, NDP nomination in Regina, and a closer look at Batoche!

March 22, 2024 | Advertise with us

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Here’s The SKoop for today:

  • SUMA and SARM respond to the budget,

  • NDP nominate their candidate in Regina University, and

  • A Constituency Profile of Batoche.

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Today’s Top Stories

Organizations representing Saskatchewan municipalities react to budget

SUMA President Randy Goulden

Reaction to Wednesday’s budget is coming in from sectors across the province. Randy Goulden, President of SUMA and Yorkton city councillor, said she was pleased to see ‘communities’ as one of the three pillars of the budget and welcomed the increase in municipal revenue sharing, saying, “We cannot go back to frozen budgets and assume we can continue doing the work that needs to be done.” She also highlighted a $16 million decrease in funding for northern highways as an area where the budget didn’t deliver on SUMA priorities. She added that SUMA will continue to press the government to remove the PST on construction labour.

When it comes to Rural Municipalities, SARM President Ray Orb also had a mix of praise and criticism, “While we recognize the challenges in balancing various priorities within budget constraints, we urge the government to ensure RMs have sufficient funding to maintain critical rural infrastructure across the province.” Orb also welcomed the increase in municipal revenue sharing and funding announced for the repair of 17 bridges.

NDP nominate candidate in Regina University

Sally Housser

Sally Housser has been nominated by Regina University New Democrats to become their candidate in the upcoming election. Housser is a public affairs professional and pundit. She previously worked for federal NDP leader Jack Layton, was interim chief of staff for the Saskatchewan New Democrats, and was heard on The SKoop Podcast.

Sally Housser is a star candidate for the NDP in Regina and will go up against Saskatchewan Hall-of-Fame Roughrider and Cabinet Minister Gene Makowsky in Regina University.

Nominations will continue next week with the NDP (re)nomination in Canora-Pelly on March 26, and the Saskatchewan Party nominations in Saskatoon University-Sutherland and Martensville-Blairmore on March 26 and 27.

Constituency Profile: Batoche

Each week leading up to the 2024 election, The SKoop Political Briefing will highlight a constituency that has nominated a candidate from at least both major parties. Today, we look at Batoche. Batoche is a rural constituency that borders the northeast edge of Saskatoon, extends northeast to Prince Albert, and includes Duck Lake, Wakaw, Birch Hills, and St. Louis.

The incumbent: Darlene Rowden is not the incumbent, but the Saskatchewan Party’s Delbert Kirsch has held this seat since 2003. Rowden and her family own and operate a ranch east of MacDowall. She is a 4-H Beef leader. Rowden has been a School Board Trustee for 14 years and is the current Board Chair of the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division in Prince Albert.

The challenger: Trina Miller is the NDP candidate for the constituency. Miller is a former school board trustee with Prairie Spirit School Division and is a postal worker.

The takeaway: This is considered a “safe” Saskatchewan Party seat, with 338Canada showing the Sask Party polling at 57% in the riding. The riding of Batoche has only ever seen Delbert Kirsch as their MLA as the riding was established in the 2003 election. This election, we will see if the voters in Batoche will reward the Saskatchewan Party without the name recognition of their longtime MLA.

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