Broten joins local business owners to call for Buy Local Day

NDP Leader Cam Broten is joining a grassroots movement of Saskatchewan business owners and residents calling on the government to proclaim and promote a monthly Buy Local Day in the province.

“This common sense idea puts Saskatchewan first and promotes economic sustainability in our province,” said Broten. “Even just a small shift in how we support local businesses can have a big ripple effect in our communities and our entire economy.”

Broten met Tuesday with the Sasklandia team, the group leading the Buy Local Movement in Saskatchewan and calling on the government to create a monthly Buy Local Day.

According to Sasklandia, for every $100 spent at a local business in Saskatchewan, $73 stays in the province to pay local suppliers, wages, taxes and services. On the other hand, for every $100 spent at a non-Saskatchewan business, just $43 stays in the province.

“The strongest Saskatchewan economy is a diversified and balanced economy. Local business is crucial in that mix, and hugely beneficial for the province’s economy,” said Broten.

Sasklandia is online at sasklandia.com.