BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Morsky Construction Ltd.
1st Vice Chairman
2nd Vice Chairman
AECON Transportation West Inc.
C. Duncan Construction Ltd.
G.W. Construction Ltd.
ASL Paving Ltd.
Consolidated Construction Co.
Inland Aggregates, a Division of LeHigh
Hanson Materials Limited
BLS Asphalt Inc
W.F. Botkin Construction Ltd.
Potzus Paving & Road Maintenance Ltd.
H.J.R. Asphalt Ltd.
Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd.
From “Move On Saskatchewan”
to “Where do we go from here,”
transportation in Saskatchewan
is the foundation of the competitive po-sition
of our province in world markets
and the social structure of those that live
here. In 2005, the Saskatchewan Heavy
Construction Association (SHCA) com-missioned
a paper called “Move On
Saskatchewan.” That paper became part of
a larger campaign to lobby the then-NDP
government for much needed funding for
the province’s highway network.
Since the decade following that cam-paign,
much has been accomplished – we
now have a government that recognizes the
importance of sustained and strategic in-frastructure
investment; however, changes
to resource revenues, provincial spending
and other factors have lead the current
government into a budget deficit position.
Given the current climate in Saskatchewan,
we have both challenges and opportunities
to reignite the important conversation on
the need for reliable and sustained invest-ment
and management of our road main-tenance
and construction. That is why over
the coming months, SHCA will be working
on producing “Move On Saskatchewan 2.0,”
a public policy paper that will recognize
the importance of the work our members
do, and what it means to the economy. Stay
tuned for more updates on our progress.
Another item being tackled by the board
and staff of SHCA include the government-wide
changes to procurement. Many of you
have now see the new bid evaluation crite-ria
being used by the Ministry of Highways
and have been part of the new procurement
process. Focus during procurement contin-ues
to be placed on relevant experience,
AL BARILLA, CHAIRMAN, SHCA
local knowledge, project planning, refer-ences
A new and positive change for the heavy
civil sector is the implementation of an in-dustry
specific Averaging of Hours permit.
This permit will allow SHCA members more
flexibility in terms of planning and hours of
work. In addition to this, we are current-ly
working with the Ministry of Labour
through Occupational Health and Safety to
establish a list of equipment that will be ex-empted
from requiring Roll Over Protection
Structures. More updates on these initia-tives
will follow as work progresses.
SHCA continues to lobby against the fed-erally
imposed carbon tax and was invited
by the provincial government to provide
feedback on the newly released technical
paper on the federal carbon pricing back-stop,
which illustrates what the ramifica-tions
will be for provinces choosing not
to sign onto the federal program. If im-plemented,
this will be something that
will cost our members money, so SHCA
will keep lobbying against a carbon tax in
Saskatchewan. To further our efforts, SHCA
joined forces with the Canadian Taxpayers
Federation to speak out against the carbon
tax during Gas Tax Honesty Day.
We also continue to work on our cam-paign
discouraging municipalities from
competing with local industry. As SHCA re-ported
to the membership a couple of years
ago, the City of Regina started producing
and selling their own asphalt. This contin-ues
to be a problem and we will be asking
the members to assist the association by
putting your support behind a letter writing
campaign to your provincial MLAs, asking
them to take a stand against government
competing with business.
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