COLUMN: Victoria Jurgens — March 25, 2014

Victoria Jurgens
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As I continue to consult with constituents of Prince Albert Northcote, health care is unquestionably the number one priority.  To that end, I am very pleased that our government’s 2014-15 Steady Growth budget included $2 million toward renewal planning for Victoria Hospital.

This will be a very exciting time of planning that will benefit residents of Prince Albert, the region, and all those from the north who use this facility.

I am honoured to represent the people of Prince Albert Northcote and help our government achieve its seventh consecutive balanced budget without raising taxes. 

We took a hard look at how to control spending, while making targeted investments in infrastructure, employment and job training, seniors, students, people with disabilities, children and families. Our Steady Growth budget accounts for all government revenue and all government spending with a projected surplus of $71 million.

Your Saskatchewan Party government controlled spending and targeted the priorities of Saskatchewan people. It has also left Saskatchewan people with more of their own money in their pockets. When people complete their income tax returns, they will find their personal exemption is actually higher than the previous year.

For instance, families of four that earn $75,000 per year, will pay the lowest personal income tax in the country.

Our commitment to Saskatchewan people and their quality of life is demonstrated by the action we have taken.

Some highlights that affect Prince Albert directly are:



• $2.0 million to begin planning the renewal of Victoria Hospital;

• Funding the final phase of construction of the new Pineview Terrace long-term care facility.

• Revenue sharing increased to $7.2 million, 142 per cent increase over 2007-08 from $2.9 million

• $405.2 million to provide provincial highway and transportation infrastructure upgrades;

• $32.6 million transferred for post-secondary capital initiatives, an increase of 28 per cent over last year.


Health Care

• Record funding of nearly $5 billion through the Ministry of Health.

• $60.5 million for the surgical waitlist initiative, aiming to meet the three month waitlist target for all regional health authorities by the end of 2014-15;

• $155.7 million, 3.3 per cent compared to last year, for initiatives including the planning, delivery and evaluation of cancer care through the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency;



• $4.5 million for the HomeFirst/Quick Response Homecare program -- an increase of $2.5 million over last year;

• $3.7 million for ongoing enhancements to the Seniors’ Care Urgent Action Fund to address issues in long-term care facilities;

• $800,000 to develop a new Seniors’ House Calls program for seniors with complex issues;

• $446.2 million, up $84.3 million compared to last year, for new and enhanced programming for people with disabilities and for increased utilization;

• $668.9 million for post-secondary institution operating grants and targeted funding, an increase of $16.8 million compared to last year;

• Direct student supports of $216 million, an increase of $18.5 million over last year or 9.4 per cent, including:

• $82 million through the Graduate Retention Program, up $18.1 million from last year;

• $37.4 million for other ongoing provincial tax credits related to education costs and interest paid on student loans;

• $32.5 million for the Student Aid Fund;

• Increases of $2.1 million to add 700 new Adult Basic Education spaces and $1 million to add 300 new apprenticeship training seats.


First Nations and Métis People

• $189.2 million, up $4.4 million or 2.4 per cent compared to last year, for targeted program funding for training and employment initiatives that benefit First Nations and Métis people.

• $49 million for funding of First Nations and Métis institutions and initiatives through the Ministries of Economy (skills training) and Advanced Education (including funding of programs and post-secondary institutions).

With our government changing to a summary financial focus, a move recommended and supported by the provincial auditor, steady growth is the big picture. 

With a full view of what’s happening in Saskatchewan today, we have a vision for the long-term. This budget strengthens government’s fiscal accountability while meeting the challenges of a growing province.  It helps secure a better quality of life and it represents another confident step forward on our government’s path of steady growth.


Victoria Jurgens is the MLA for Prince Albert Northcote. Constituents are always welcome to contact her office by calling 306-922-4220.  You may also visit her website at or email  Her office is located at 5A 598 15th St. E. across from Superstore

Organizations: Victoria Hospital, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Party Ministry of Health First Nations Saskatchewan Cancer Agency HomeFirst/Quick Response Homecare Care Urgent Action Fund House Calls Student Aid Fund

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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