by Doug Elliot, publisher, Sask Trends Monitor and policy fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
In October 2012, the Saskatchewan government released a strategic plan for the medium term future, namely to the year 2020, called the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth. Many strategic plans, particularly the ones from governments, are full of lofty and motivational rhetoric but this one is different because it has quantifiable targets (along with lofty and motivational rhetoric). It is good public policy to set out a long-term vision, describe the means to get there, provide a way to measure progress, and be accountable; the provincial government should be commended for having the courage to attach precise figures to the growth plan. This article looks at some of the more interesting targets among the twenty or so in the document.