Legislative Report
(8 September 2010)

More Health Care Initiatives

Health care is the number one issue for Saskatchewan people. Our government is taking steps to ensure the action we take reflects that priority. We recently announced the partial resumption of the Kidney Transplant Program. Saskatchewan residents, who are receiving a living related donor kidney transplant, can soon have their surgery in Saskatchewan. A review of the Kidney Transplant Program was undertaken by the Saskatchewan Transplant Steering Committee. The Saskatchewan Renal Transplant Program Review report makes several recommendations aimed at improving services in the future. Our government has also increased program funding by up to $2 million to assist with initiatives such as recruiting additional surgeons and promoting organ donation.

Downtown Regina Entertainment Facility

If a new entertainment facility were to be built in Saskatchewan, we now know where. Our government recently reached an agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway to secure an area in downtown Regina for a new facility. Although this conditional sale agreement does not mean that the proposed facility is going to be built, it does mean that a location is in place if a decision is reached to build the facility. We expect to make a final decision this fall on the future of the entertainment facility. Discussions for financial contributions are underway with the federal government, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and City of Regina.

Rider Pride

With another CFL season well underway, the province is again showing its Rider Pride. In recognition of the world’s best fans, our government declared September 4, 2010 as Rider Fan Day. The cheering of Rider fans have helped sack quarterbacks, stop the running game and throw opposition receivers off their game. The Riders and their fans are an important part of what makes Saskatchewan such a great province. Activities on Rider Fan Day included a parade along the “Green Mile” from Mosaic Stadium to the provincial Legislature and the unveiling of works of art by Rider fans.

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