SARM, the Voice of Rural Saskatchewan, in Ottawa

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) spent the past week (October 24-26) in Ottawa voicing rural Saskatchewan concerns. Representatives from the SARM Board of Directors and Policy & Research Department spent three days meeting with various federal government representatives.

“We received a warm reception wherever we went. They were happy to hear voices from Saskatchewan” says Ray Orb, President of SARM. “We spoke to the many challenges our RMs face and the opportunities that there are to work with the federal government to build a stronger economy, more infrastructure, and a brighter future.”

The following are a sample of the issues were discussed:

  • Agri-Recovery
  • Carbon Tax
  • Healthcare
  • Livestock Industry
  • Agriculture Industry
  • Firearms Legislation
  • Infrastructure
  • Policing
  • Broadband
  • Food Security
  • Lake Diefenbaker Project Funding

Fun facts:

  • Approximately 27,550 steps or 20kms were travelled around Ottawa during the trip
  • 21 meetings were attended over 3 days
  • SARM Board Members met with
    • Political parties
    • Ministry officials
    • Organizations with shared interests

“SARM is committed to representing the voice of rural Saskatchewan in Ottawa,” stated Orb. “We need to keep rural priorities top of mind with the federal government.”

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For interview requests please contact:

Corette Mihalcea, Communications Specialist, SARM or 306.761.3931

Background: SARM is the independent association that represents its membership of rural municipal government in Saskatchewan and is the principal advocate in representing them before senior governments.