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REGINA – The provincial government boasted strong economic statistics in the Legislative Assembly on Monday.

Kindersley MP Ken Francis noted the numbers in his membership statement and in doing so lashed out at the opposition NDP.

His remarks are taken from Hansard:

“Mr. Speaker, this is the last week of session, and over the past few weeks and months there has been no shortage of good economic news here in the province. But according to the statisticians opposite, none of this has been good. And that’s why it’s so important to separate the facts from the ongoing catastrophic rhetoric we hear from the NDP [New Democratic Party] every day,”

“Here are the facts, Mr. President. In March, the value of building permits rose 20.2% month-over-month and 45.7% year-over-year. Merchandise exports rose 34.4% month-over-month, 38.5% year-over-year and 27.6% year-over-year. The value of manufacturing sales rose 11.1% month-over-month and 44.6% year-over-year. The value of wholesale trade increased 28.9% year over year.

“In February, retail value increased 2.4% month-over-month and 13% year-over-year. Investment in building construction also rose 10.5% month-over-month.

“These key economic indicators cover a wide range of sectors. The fact that Saskatchewan is at or near the top in all of these areas speaks volumes. That says a lot, Mr. Speaker. He says Saskatchewan’s economy is vibrant, diverse and strong. And if that is bad news, Mr. Speaker, then I cannot imagine what members opposite think is a good thing. Thank you.”