News Release - March 6, 2007
PROVINCE INVESTS $5 BILLION IN NEW TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY FOR SASKATCHEWAN
Premier Lorne Calvert today announced an unprecedented $5 billion investment over the next 10 years in an innovative new strategy, Transportation for Economic Advantage, to fundamentally realign Saskatchewan’s transportation network to meet the current and future needs of the province’s thriving export-based economy.
“Saskatchewan people have built our province into a true economic force in Canada,” Calvert said. “Economic growth has been accompanied by a transformation of the industries that drive our economy and this visionary plan responds to that shift. This strategy allows us to build on our vast advantages allowing tangible benefits of our economy to flow to all Saskatchewan people, making life better for our families and building a stronger future here for our young people.”
“Transportation for Economic Advantage is an integrated strategy that will promote the seamless movement of goods and people throughout the province and enhance our connections nationally and globally,” Highways and Transportation Minister Eldon Lautermilch said. “Approximately 70 per cent of Saskatchewan’s economy is export-based. Industries including mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and value-added agriculture have grown enormously in recent years. An efficient and comprehensive transportation network is vital for continued economic growth and prosperity.”
Transportation investment will be focused in six key areas:
Building new relationships between parties with the greatest interest in the transportation network will be a priority of Transportation for Economic Advantage. Saskatchewan will work with the federal government to improve economic links with First Nations and to improve the National Highway System. The province will also forge partnerships with municipal governments in areas of mutual interest and growth. New relationships with the private sector will allow the province and natural resource industries to realize benefits that neither could on their own.
“This is an exciting time for Saskatchewan people,” Calvert said. “This is a province on the move, and the provincial government is ready, willing and able to play its part. Transportation for Economic Advantage will help us build on our traditional strengths while ensuring we have the vision and strategy in place to carry Saskatchewan well into the 21st century, making our province the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
For more information on Transportation for Economic Advantage visit www.highways.gov.sk.ca.
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