> Prairieland Park Expansion
April 13, 2006
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Skelton Announces Funding
Prairieland Park Expansion
I am pleased to be home again and look forward to spending
the next week in my riding and many other Saskatchewan communities.
Today, I’m proud to help in the launch of the latest expansion of trade
and exhibit space at Prairieland Park.
First, let me say that Canadians want a government with
A government that is accountable.
A government that works cooperatively with the provinces
A government that defends and advances Canada’s interests
in the world.
A government that delivers real benefits to ordinary
working people and their families.
On March 24, I was pleased to announce that through the
“Canada Celebrates Saskatchewan” centennial initiative, Western Economic
Diversification Canada was investing $4 million towards the construction
of a fifty thousand square foot addition to the Trade Centre in our
community. I am very pleased to be here today to participate in the
ground breaking for this important facility.
The long term benefits of this expansion will be:
Increased employment opportunities for Saskatoon and area
Additional tourism and economic activity in the Saskatoon
trading area through Prairieland’s ability to host national and
international events; and
Most importantly, the expansion will provide numerous
non-profit organizations with greater accessibility to host community
The broad range of events held at Prairieland each year
reflects the economic, social and cultural diversity of Saskatoon’s
residents. Whether you take in Folkfest, First Nations pow wows,
Gardenscape, the Exhibition, the Festival of Trees, or the Crop Production
Show, the events at Prairieland Park appeal to a variety of community
This centennial project will have a lasting legacy for
Saskatoon and area residents — the ability to pursue their recreational
and cultural interests.
Personally, I have attended many 4-H events here and walked
the Exhibition mid-way with my family on numerous occasions. I have
many fond memories of the old grandstand and Jubilee Building. But those
structures were part of the last century. I see this building as a
fresh start as Saskatchewan and Saskatoon move into a new century of
growth and development.
In closing, I want to remind you that as your
representative in Cabinet, my first priority is to serve my constituents
and to represent your interests in the House of Commons. If we work
together and take a common sense approach to issues, we will build a
stronger west, a stronger Canada.