Two P.A. backed resolutions to come forward at SUMA

By Tyler Marr
February 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association’s (SUMA) annual convention is underway in Regina this week.

Each year, a number of resolutions are introduced on the convention floor outlining the top concerns of municipalities across the province. They are presented and discussed among elected officials and crafted by local mayors and councillors.

Two resolutions are on the agenda from the City of Prince Albert. The first concerns door-to-door postal services. 

Citing the axe to door-to-door service in the fall of 2015 under then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the resolution calls for SUMA to approach the federal government to reinstate service in all Saskatchewan hometowns as soon as possible. The change is said to have impacted over 9,000 addresses in Prince Albert.

The city is also sponsoring a resolution concerning electoral funding improvements. 

The resolution asks SUMA to lobby the provincial government to alter and amend legislation and work with the federal government to allow income tax deductions of up to $200 for those who contribute to a candidates campaign in a town or city. The resolution also asks that candidates be allowed to deduct a “reasonable amount” of their campaign expenses and if that candidate is to lose but receive 10 per cent of the vote or more, get their deposit back.

Alongside these are various other resolutions spanning everything from renewed calls for the Energy East pipeline, examining a removal of non-renewable resource revenue from the equalization formula, implementing a new Environmental Code and increasing supports for landowners and communities to implement renewable energy initiatives.

The resolutions will come up for debate and voting Tuesday afternoon.


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