PM participates in a question and answer session with Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, joined by Ray Orb, President of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), discusses the Government’s unprecedented investments in infrastructure during a moderated question and answer session at the 2015 SARM Annual Convention.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – 12 March 2015
Introduction
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in a moderated question and answer (Q&A) session at the 2015 Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) Annual Convention, where he outlined how the Government’s unprecedented investments in infrastructure are generating jobs and economic growth in Saskatchewan while advancing the well-being of citizens of the province and across Canada. The session was moderated by Ray Orb, President of SARM.
During the Q&A session, the Prime Minister outlined the benefits of the Building Canada Plan and the New Building Canada Plan, including the federal Gas Tax Fund. He also explained how the Government is collaborating closely on infrastructure with municipalities, provinces, territories and the private sector – especially through public-private partnerships (P3) – to maximize benefits for Saskatchewanians and all Canadians.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented and historical investments to build and improve infrastructure across the country to ensure Canada’s economic growth for years to come.
Quick Facts
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested over $1 billion into infrastructure projects throughout Saskatchewan.
Recent examples include:
The twinning to four lanes of Highway 11 from Warman to Highway 2 south of Prince Albert, improvements to Highway 4 in Regina, the expansion of the water treatment plant in North Battleford, and water and sewer systems improvements in Kinistino.
Just recently, under the New Building Canada Fund, the Government announced federal funding for the twinning to four lanes of parts of Highway 7 and Highway 16.

Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, predictable, stable funding will flow to Saskatchewan’s municipalities over the next decade to support their local infrastructure priorities.
The Government of Canada has also invested significant support through the P3 Canada Fund towards four P3 projects across Saskatchewan, including the North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge Replacement project in Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Civic Operations Project, the Regina Bypass project and Regina’s Wastewater Treatment Plant project, generating greater value for taxpayer dollars.
SARM is an independent association that represents rural municipal governments in Saskatchewan and is the principal advocate in representing these municipalities before the federal and provincial governments. The Association takes direction from its members and forms its policy accordingly. SARM proudly takes on its role as the voice of rural Saskatchewan. Incorporated in 1905, SARM is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year.
Quotes

“I was pleased to meet today with representatives from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, to share with them what our Government has been doing to generate jobs, economic growth and improve the well-being of the residents of rural Saskatchewan.”
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“Our Government has made unprecedented investments in Canadian infrastructure in the last nine years, collaborating closely with municipalities, provinces and territories to maximize benefits for Canadians. These investments will yield strong economic results for the people of Saskatchewan and all Canadians for years to come.”
– Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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