With the changing of the calendar to 2024, many people are looking forward to what the new year will bring. We asked Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy, Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan, and Souris-Moose Mountain MP Robert Kitchen what they are most anticipating to happen over the next 12 months. 

Marcel Roy:

"We're hoping to continue on with lots of infrastructure and continue getting the city, better. No major buildings going up this year. We passed our budget already which is very good in the sense that we can now start putting our feelers out there and asking for bids on different projects, and we can get way ahead. As soon as the snow goes, we can start into our projects."

Dustin Duncan:

"Continued progress on construction of the new hospital, obviously. The work that going to be done on (Highway) 39 to the two passing lanes, or the two twinning lane sections that are really the final pieces, certainly in this part of the project, up near the Milestone area and then straight south of Regina. That'll really cap that project off and we'll continue to provide for safety for residents and people that are travelling along a pretty busy part of the highway, in a busy part of the province.

I think just progress that we're going to continue to make on, certainly in some of my files as a minister. Unfortunately, the ongoing battle that we're having on the carbon tax and waiting to see how this plays out in terms of our decision to remove the carbon tax from people's natural gas bills. We'll have to wait to see what the federal government has to say about that. And then also, I think, we have some important steps and decisions that we're going to make, likely in this next year, on things like small modular reactors and what the future of power generation is going to look like in Saskatchewan."

Robert Kitchen:

"I think the number one thing will be an election. That's what I look forward to. And basically getting another election to defeat this government and to bring in government policies that deal with things like axing the tax. I want to lower that tax and get rid of it. When I say lower it, I mean getting rid of it completely, and that's on your food, your gasoline, your home heating. That tax has GST on that tax, and so that will be taken off as well because those are huge cost increases that impact everyone.
When I look at that, and supporting our energy workers and development of our Canadian natural resources, and those are steps that I want to bring forward as a government, as opposed to being in the opposition."

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