Not everyone wants to call Saskatchewan home.
Even with the provincial population hitting record highs, recent numbers show 5,700 people left the province since 2013 to move elsewhere in Canada, most notably to Alberta. Statistics Canada reports that 50 per cent of the people moving away from Saskatchewan are under the age of 40.
Saskatchewan NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon says the government should have done more to keep them.
“Not utilizing Saskatchewan business and workers the way that they should be, cutting supports to entrepreneurs and not getting the job done when it comes to what’s important in our classrooms and keeping life affordable,” he told reporters on Friday.
Wotherspoon accuses the premier of being dismissive.
“Brushing off the loss of Saskatchewan people to the rest of Canada and not doing all he can now and certainly not doing all he could over the past number of years to diversify our economy,” he said.
Premier Brad Wall maintains more people are choosing to live in Saskatchewan than not.
“I think it points to the fact that there’s still relative strength in our economy,” he said, noting that the economy is more diversified than it ever has been before.
Wall attributes the out-migration numbers to people moving away from the province to retire.