Budget cuts cast pall over SEDA annual meeting

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Jessie Radies, an Edmonton restaurant owner and the founder of Live Local Alberta, spoke at the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association's annual general meeting on Thursday.

By Joel van der Veen

Speakers at the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association’s annual general meeting on Thursday made several allusions to the cuts made in Saskatchewan’s new budget, in which funding for the province’s Enterprise Regions was eliminated entirely.

But one person voiced his feelings succinctly.

“I’m just a little pissed off,” said Brian Martynook, president of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, who introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Edmonton entrepreneur Jessie Radies.

The announcement of the funding cuts, made on Wednesday, had a direct impact on attendance at the general meeting, said SEDA executive director Verona Thibault.

Many of the expected guests were employed or involved with the Enterprise Regions, and several had to send their regrets as they instead dealt with the fallout from the budget.

The meeting was held Thursday at the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw. A lunch was served, followed by Radies’ presentation, and later the meeting itself. About 25 people, including Mayor Glenn Hagel, attended the event.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Saskatchewan Economic Development Association, Enterprise Regions, Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce Heritage Inn Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Moose Jaw

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Recent comments

  • D Man
    March 23, 2012 - 18:08

    They are pissed because they no longer receive money from the pockets of the people to fund projects that supposedly promote business. Guess what promotes business? Good business. And you do not need money from the public by taxation to make good business. You need to provide a service or a product that the people demand to make good business. Crony capitalism and socialism must go.

  • Stu Pud
    March 23, 2012 - 13:34

    In reading this article I am also "just a bit pissed off" as Mr. Martynook has also said. However, not exactly for the same reasons. Yes, the cuts to SEDA are disappointing and yes, a bit shocking, but there were also many other cuts. that will hurt every Saskatchewan resident in some form. Announcement of the closure of Valley View Centre back in February has made very little news. I haven't heard either SasKParty MLA from Moose Jaw speak about the 300 full-time and 200 part-time jobs being lost. I have yet to hear the MLAs or the Mayor speak out about the financial impact this will have on the city. I have yet to hear the Chamber of Commerce mention that businesses will be impacted by the loss of approximately $1.8m in monthly payroll that will not pass through their hands. None of the above have done anything to try and keep those jobs here in Moose Jaw. Yes, the closure will greatly impact the residents that live at Valley View, and I am not sure that the communities are ready for this integration. For those that supported the SaskParty in the last election, you are getting what you deserve and seeing first hand what this Government is all about. Feeling the boom yet? For those that didn't support them, hold on tight we're in for a rocky ride with more cuts to come. Maybe we can all get in on a sweet deal like their friends did and purchase another SCN for $350,000. then flip it in less then 2 yrs for over $3million. Yeah, I'm a little pissed off too. Oh yes...they are still planning a hospital for Moose Jaw...don't hold your breath. Will all of this be remembered next election? Let's hope so.