SARM Comfortable with Premier’s Announcements

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is pleased by the Premier’s announcements today regarding the major reorganization of the provincial ministries and related cabinet shuffle.

The realignment of the Government, which is meant to better facilitate the Province’s growth agenda, has resulted in the presence of the Ministry of Rural and Remote Health. “Access to adequate healthcare in rural Saskatchewan has been a long-standing concern of rural residents and the development of this new Ministry, dedicated to our unique circumstances, is welcome news,” said David Marit, President of SARM.

Although strong working relationships have been formed between SARM and out-going Ministers, the association realizes the Government’s need to change the dated structure and is comfortable with the recent shuffle of the cabinet. “Our directives from members have always required that we work closely with the Ministers of Municipal Affairs, Agriculture, and Highways and Infrastructure. We are glad to see that the Cabinet Members newly appointed to these files have a considerable knowledge and understanding of rural issues and look forward to working more closely with Ministers Reiter, McMorris, and Stewart,” said Marit.

Other items of note from today’s announcement include the establishment of the Ministry of Government Relations, which includes the previous Ministry of Municipal Affairs, and the Ministry of the Economy, which is meant to integrate various economic functions of the government, including Enterprise Saskatchewan, immigration, and energy and resources. “The reorganization of government ministries that has taken place illustrates the important role that rural Saskatchewan plays in a growing province. We would like to congratulate all of the incoming and returning Cabinet Members and we look forward to working with them to build on our successes,” concluded President Marit.

For more information contact:

David Marit                                   Dale Harvey
President                                      Executive Director
(306) 476-7754                             (306) 535-7343

“SARM, the Voice of Rural Saskatchewan”