🗳️ Where did all the money go?

Party expenses for 2023, an SMR soft-launch, and grocery costs are a problem

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Here’s The SKoop for Tuesday, May 7:

  • A breakdown of 2023 political party expenses,

  • Premier soft-launches SMR site, and

  • Canadians taking grocery risks to curb cost of living.

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Where did all the money go?

Yesterday we discussed the 2023 financial returns of Saskatchewan’s political parties, highlighting individual donations and why they matter. Today, we’re looking at the expense side of the ledger.

Last year the Saskatchewan Party raised $3.4 million from individuals and corporations. The party spent $2.4 million, for a surplus of about $1 million for 2023. The expenses included annual administrative costs, advertising, wages, postage, and research. After spending just under $1 million on wages, the party’s next largest expense was $287,000 on research and telemarketing. The party reported it had $2 million cash on hand.

The NDP raised $1.4 million in 2023 and spent over $1.5 million simultaneously, for an operating deficit of about $150,000. Like the Sask. Party, the bulk of the NDP’s expenses were on administrative costs and wages. The NDP spent $750,000 on wages while the next highest cost was $214,000 on consultants. When it comes to polling, the NDP spent $45,000. The party reported it had about $1.2 million cash on hand.

The Saskatchewan United Party raised $550,000 in 2023 and spent $683,000, for a deficit of approximately $127,000. The party’s largest expense was $426,000 in contracting services. The party reported no cash on hand. 

All parties in Saskatchewan will be looking to ramp up their advertising and campaign operations spending in the coming months leading up to this fall’s election.

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Premier says SMR ‘Quite Likely’ to be located in Estevan

Estevan, The Energy City, well-known for its abundance in resources for provincial energy such as coal, oil and gas, is now ‘quite likely’ the location of Saskatchewan’s first small modular reactor (SMR).

Speaking at the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ‘Food, Fuel and Fertilizer’ Conference yesterday, Premier Scott Moe addressed the crowd and spoke about the future of energy in the province, including SMRs.

“I don’t think that’s been announced yet,” the Premier said, after stating it was “quite likely to be located in Estevan.”

Estevan and Lake Diefenbaker have been the two sites that have been considered for the SMR.

Canadians taking more risks due to high grocery prices

According to a study done out of Dalhousie University, Canadians are taking risks when it comes to grocery shopping to try and save money.

The cost of living has consistently polled as the top issue facing Canadians and it is obvious to everyone that grocery prices are higher today then they were previously.

According to the study, 58% of Canadians are purchasing and eating food past its best-before date. Although best-before does not indicate rotten or bad, food should be consumed prior to that date.

Sylvain Charlebois led the study and said, “They (Canadians) felt that they didn’t have much of a choice, (because) they couldn’t afford to buy more food … But the reality is, if you do fall ill, it’ll cost you even more.” 

Charlebois also said more people are freezing their leftovers now. “Twenty-four per cent of Canadian households have bought a new freezer in the last year.”

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