Sask. to rely on potash, agriculture during low oil prices, premier says

Brad Wall says the prairie province is well-positioned for long-term growth despite energy struggles.

March 9, 2015   by The Canadian Press

REGINA — Premier Brad Wall says potash and agriculture will support Saskatchewan’s economy while oil prices are low.

He made the comments as Mosaic announced a $1.7-billion investment in its potash mine in Esterhazy in the province’s southeast.

Wall says Saskatchewan will rely on a diversified economy during what he calls “uncertain times” in the energy sector.

The premier adds that the province is well-positioned for long-term growth, because it can provide energy and food to the international community.

Saskatchewan is expecting a revenue shortfall of between $600 million and $800 million this year due to low oil prices.

Wall has said the upcoming budget is the most difficult his Saskatchewan Party government has had to put together.

©2015 The Canadian Press

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