Premier Scott Moe has now appointed new Legislative Secretaries responsible for a variety of important portfolios.
The new Legislative Secretaries and their specific duties are:
- Nadine Wilson, Legislative Secretary to the Premier;
- Everett Hindley, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Export Development;
- David Buckingham, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Immigration;
- Doug Steele, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Resources;
- Larry Doke, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Government Relations;
- Hugh Nerlien, Legislative Secretary to the Minister Responsible for SaskTel;
- Terry Denis, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Education;
- Herb Cox, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Corrections and Policing;
- Greg Lawrence, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services;
- Lori Carr, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Finance;
- Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment;
- Eric Olauson, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport; and
- Steven Bonk, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.
“These appointments reflect the depth of experience within our government caucus,” Moe said. “I look forward to seeing these talented individuals provide their expertise to our government as we work to keep Saskatchewan strong.”
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The Attorney General of Saskatchewan will be applying to participate in the reference case currently before British Columbia’s Court of Appeal concerning the constitutionality of British Columbia’s proposed amendments to its Environmental Management Act.
“We are dismayed that a pipeline that will benefit many people across Canada continues to be held up by unreasonable delays,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “As we argued in the previous case involving the city of Burnaby, it is Saskatchewan’s position that these pipelines are in the national interest and fall under federal, not provincial jurisdiction.”
On December 7, 2017, the National Energy Board ruled that the Trans Mountain pipeline is not required to comply with the two bylaws cited by the City of Burnaby as its reason for delaying the issuing of permits to Trans Mountain. In its decision, the National Energy Board agreed with Saskatchewan that it would be contrary to a basic principle of federalism if one province, or a single municipality of one province, held the power to impede the construction of an interprovincial pipeline.
“Saskatchewan remains dedicated to standing up for the hard-working people in our natural resources and energy sectors,” Morgan said. “We know that these pipelines are necessary for our energy companies to get their products to tidewater to ensure a competitive price, and that the increased capacity this pipeline represents stands to benefit all Canadians.”
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wants to see the federal government restrict infrastructure funding to British Columbia, in the hope it will allow construction on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to continue. Those comments came Monday, shortly after the Alberta government introduced a law that will give its energy minister power to stop the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas from going west to B.C. Moe says Saskatchewan will introduce a similar law to ensure B.C. doesn’t access markets here for those products.
The first public offering of Crown petroleum and natural gas rights for the 2018-19 fiscal year raised $2.9 million in revenue for the province on Tuesday, which is approximately double the amount raised in the April public offering in 2017.
“There are clear indicators of renewed activity taking place in Saskatchewan’s oilpatch, which is home to some of the most cost-effective plays in North America,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “Predictable policies and accessible resources make this province an attractive destination for the oil and gas industry, and we intend to keep working to make it even better.”
Saskatchewan’s petroleum sector continues to demonstrate clear signs of growth. The value of the province’s total oil production for 2017 significantly increased over the value for 2016, rising from $6.9 billion to $9.2 billion. As well, there was an estimated $4 billion of investment in new exploration and development by the oil industry for 2017. This was up 42 per cent from the previous year’s figure—an indicator of sustained interest and confidence from the industry, as well as market optimism.
Year-over-year employment in the sector has also grown: there were almost 34,000 direct and indirect person-years of employment in the upstream oil and gas industry forecast for 2017, up seven per cent from 2016.
In the Fraser Institute’s Annual Global Petroleum Survey in 2017, Saskatchewan ranked seventh out of 97 jurisdictions in the world, and second in Canada, in terms of overall attractiveness for oil and gas investment, and has consistently been among the top 10 over the past six surveys.
The oil and gas industry is responsible for an estimated 15 per cent of Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product. One lease north of St. Walburg received a bonus bid of $1,111,916.78 for 129.500 hectares. This lease was purchased by STOMP Energy Ltd. and is prospective for oil in the Mannville Group. One of the exploration licences, located north of Shaunavon, was prospective for oil in the Upper Shaunavon while the other, located near Consul was prospective for gas in the Second White Specks. Both exploration licences in southwest Saskatchewan received bonus bids totalling $540,831.52.
The next public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights will be held on June 5, 2018.