Spring COVID-19 Update from MLA Lisa Lambert
This update was provided by the Honorable MLA Lisa Lambert to the WCA for inclusion in our newsletter and website.
We are leading all Canadian provinces in vaccine doses administered per 100,000 of the population. If we are going to keep up this pace, we need the federal government to procure more vaccines ASAP. Thank you for being patient, understanding, and for observing public health orders to keep our friends, families, and communities safe.
Countries further along than Canada in their vaccination rollout are seeing significant reductions in both their case numbers and hospitalization numbers, and I am confident we will see the same results here. Thank you to all staff working at clinics across the province. Every shot in every arm makes Saskatchewan a little safer. The vaccines work, the vaccines are safe, and when it’s your turn, I strongly encourage you to roll up your sleeve and stick it to COVID.
Saskatchewan is leading Canada’s economic recovery from COVID-19, something that is reflected in a remarkable 25 per cent increase in wholesale trade growth. Strong wholesale trade numbers, a leading economic indicator, coupled with the best vaccine rollout plan in the country, shows our province will see a quicker economic recovery than other jurisdictions.
With the added increase in COVID-19 variants and online learning, SaskTel is waiving data overage charges from April 12 to June 30, 2021, to further assist individuals with their online learning as well as those who are working remotely due to the pandemic. SGI customers will be receiving rebate cheques in May for approximately $285 per vehicle. SaskPower customers are also currently enjoying a 10 per cent bill reduction which will equate to an average $131 per customer this year. Saskatchewan residents have the lowest utility expenses in all of Canada during one of the most challenging times in history.
As the spring sitting of the legislature continues, the 2021-22 provincial budget protects the health and safety of our people and our economy, builds our province through investments in infrastructure to stimulate economic activity, grows Saskatchewan through various incentives and key investments, and delivers on 14 specific campaign commitments to make life more affordable. You learn more about our plan to protect, build, and grow Saskatchewan at saskatchewan.ca/budget
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or feedback about provincial government programs or services, please contact my constituency office.
Lisa Lambert, MLA Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood
210A – 3929 8th Street East