A bill brought forward by NDP Leader Cam Broten received the support of the legislature today. With the unanimous vote, the bill now moves into the final stages before becoming law.
The Buy Local Day Act will designate the first Saturday of each month as Buy Local Day, in order to raise awareness about the value of supporting locally owned businesses. The Sask. Party government opposed Broten's legislation in the fall, but has now agreed to support it.
"Saskatchewan has incredible locally owned businesses and we need to support them," said Broten, who introduced the bill in the fall. "It was odd that the Sask. Party government originally opposed this idea, but I'm glad they've come around to support it, because this is a common sense step to boosting local businesses, encouraging economic diversification and sustainability and putting Saskatchewan first."
The bill is supported by communities and organizations throughout the province including Sasklandia – the group leading the buy local movement in Saskatchewan – as well as many businesses and business associations.
For every $100 spent at a local business in Saskatchewan, $73 stays in the province to pay local suppliers, wages, taxes and services. On the other hand, for every $100 spent at a business that is not Saskatchewan-owned, just $43 stays in the province.
A companion piece to The Buy Local Day Act is a procurement bill introduced by the Opposition New Democrats.
The Fairness for Saskatchewan Businesses in Government Procurement Act would create a more sophisticated procurement process for the government and Crown purchasing and contracts. The law would ensure best value for taxpayers – something missing under the government’s current, short-sighted procurement policy, which often sees Saskatchewan companies losing out to out-of-province and out-of-country companies, despite being able to offer better value for Saskatchewan people.
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For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus