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Saskatchewan Liberals Announce Immigration and Culture Platform

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux and local candidates gathered on Saturday February 20th in Saskatoon to mark the beginning of the Party’s local election campaign.

In addition to introducing a full slate of 14 local candidates, Lamoureux announced a number of platform planks relating to immigration and culture:

The Saskatchewan Liberal Party will work with municipal governments and the boards of education to open up our schools during the summer months for use by the diverse cultural groups within our communities. “This could potentially result in festivals like Mosaic and Folkfest being expanded and held over a two or three week period,” said Lamoureux.

The Saskatchewan Liberal Party will not allow employers to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Saskatchewan. Instead, they will encourage employers to either look at hiring Saskatchewan residents or use an expanded provincial nominee program to fill employment vacancies.

The family referral category that was phased out in 2012 by the Brad Wall government will be re-instated by the Saskatchewan Liberal Party. They will also increase the age limit to apply to 55, and allocate 5% of our annual immigration towards parental re-unification.

The Saskatchewan Liberal Party understands the importance family has on one’s individual prosperity and sense of belonging to the community, and will promote an expanded family reunification category. This category will allow permanent residents that qualify to sponsor their family members, and the Liberals will ensure 40% of our annual immigration under the provincial nominee program be comprised from this category.

“We want to see deep family roots planted here in Saskatchewan. Families not only consist of children and spouses, but also brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles,” said Lamoureux.

The Saskatchewan Liberal Party has candidates officially nominated in all 14 constituencies in Saskatoon, with 36 currently nominated across the province.

In this election, Saskatchewan Liberal candidates will be campaigning on a 5-point plan to bring real change to our province, focusing on building a strong and diversified economy, supporting sustainable communities, making education work for everyone, bringing leadership to healthcare, and implementing fair and efficient government.