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Member Statement (10 March 2009)

From Hansard - 10 March 2009

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Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Annual Convention

Mr. Reiter: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, delegates from municipalities across Saskatchewan have gathered in Saskatoon for the next three days. Approximately 2,000 people from across the province are attending the annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. SARM is the voice of rural Saskatchewan.

One of the unique aspects about SARM, Mr. Speaker, is that membership is voluntary. And all RMs [rural municipality] belong. Those municipalities don’t have to belong to SARM, Mr. Speaker; they want to. I was at the convention this morning and the Minister of Crown Corporations gave a great presentation that was very well received. Later today the ministers of Agriculture and Municipal Affairs will also address the delegates. Tomorrow morning the Premier will do the same. I had numerous people tell me, Mr. Speaker, how much they are looking forward to hearing from our Premier.

Our government has a lot in common with SARM. On their association’s web page, you will find their vision. It reads, “By being the rural voice, SARM will effectively lead autonomous municipalities in creating a vibrant, diverse economy resulting in a strong, sustainable Saskatchewan.”

A strong and sustainable Saskatchewan, Mr. Speaker. Our government is also committed to building a strong Saskatchewan and looks forward to working with the member municipalities of SARM. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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