Thank you to everyone who came out to the MLA reception hosted by the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association (SHCA) at the Legislative Building on Nov. 1.
We had a solid turn-out of members and MLAs from both the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP. Everywhere you looked in the room, you could see people talking to one another, asking questions and sharing news as they got acquainted. Throughout the room, information was available about the economic impact of the heavy construction industry, and how trade infrastructure ensures the province remains competitive. MLAs were invited to take this information with them.
The chairman of the SHCA, Harley Diederichs, spoke to reception attendees about the industry and introduced Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw, who also spoke.
The SHCA held this reception because it is important for ministers and MLAs to hear from industry representatives. On behalf of the association, I stay connected with the provincial government to advocate for the industry. But, while I bring forward issues that matter to our members, what often sticks with politicians is hearing personal accounts of how their decisions affect constituents’ livelihoods and well-being.
Politicians from both the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP need to hear how your business has a positive effect on the provincial economy. Tell them stories about how government infrastructure investment allows businesses like yours to create good jobs.
Remind them of how the infrastructure you build and maintain helps Saskatchewan commodities move through the province, to other provinces, and to ports to reach international markets. Your work connects the work of so many industries to strengthen Saskatchewan’s economy.
Describe how your business contributes to local economies through paying for hotel rooms, restaurant meals, gas and more, when your employees travel to the communities where you do your work. Your work makes it possible for families to travel through the province for activities, sports, vacations and more.
Some MLAs are new to their role and others have held their seat for numerous terms. Some need to be introduced to the heavy construction industry, while others need to be reminded of its relevance. All provincial politicians can benefit from hearing your story, directly from you. I encourage you to register and attend the next time we have such an event.