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April 13, 2006


Skelton Announces Funding for
Prairieland Park Expansion

Good afternoon. 


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 clear priorities:

o   A government that is accountable.

o   A government that works cooperatively with the provinces and territories.

o   A government that defends and advances Canada’s interests in the world.

o   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:

o   Increased employment opportunities for Saskatoon and area residents;

o   Additional tourism and economic activity in the Saskatoon trading area through Prairieland’s ability to host national and international events; and

o   Most importantly, the expansion will provide numerous non-profit organizations with greater accessibility to host community events.


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 interests.


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.


Thank you.



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