A new report from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is further evidence Saskatchewan's growth is despite Brad Wall's efforts.
It highlights a net savings of $1.3 million annually to taxpayers by axing the tax credit and crippling an industry that created 805 jobs.
Just over $1,000 a year per job? Pretty minimal government investment. And that does not include the spin off jobs and local spending
of the film employees with its trickle down effect, estimated at $44.5 million annually. That’s barely more than Atch spent on putting Christmas lights on the now condemned Victoria bridge, with a net gain of zero jobs, and a drop in the bucket of government spending.
Yes, some right wing radio personalities will point out Saskatchewan is still growing and creating jobs (though both at rates slower than Alberta), however, this is due to a strong resource sector. Even if royalty rates were part of the equation, they were created by the former NDP boogeymen.
As far as I can tell, Brad Wall's only strategy, outside of hoping potash continues to do well with the NDP royalty structure, is to beg the federal Conservatives for 2,000 additional immigrant nominees a year. As international migration, and first nations birth rate, remain the two driving catalysts of Saskatchewan's growth. With inter provincial migration treading water near neutral.
Might it be time for Wall to pursue a well rounded economy, so there’s something to keep young people here other than mining and fast food?
Nick Henselmeier - Saskatoon