I am writing to respond to Nick Henselmeier’s letter of Jan. 28, regarding provincial funding to the University of Saskatchewan.
The University of Saskatchewan is one of the cornerstones of our province. We take pride in the research, academic programs and alumni who have been instrumental in building our province.
This government supports the University of Saskatchewan, which plays a significant role in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth. Its graduates will be the catalysts for the continuing success of Saskatchewan.
We want people to know that this government has never reduced operating funding; in fact, the University has continued to receive record operating funding. We have increased operating funding since 2007-08 by 46 per cent, to $304.5 million in 2012-13.
We have also provided capital funding for many projects including the Academic Health Science Building. The province has already provided $213 million for the project and the University has been approved to borrow $71.7 million. We will work closely with the University to ensure completion of the building and the renovations that are needed.
The University of Saskatchewan is a symbol of success in our province and we are committed to its long-term sustainability.
Don Morgan - Minister of Advanced Education