Saskatchewan Premiers and Provincial Government Spending

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Saskatchewan Premiers and Provincial Government Spending


  • This bulletin reviews real per-person program spending by Saskatchewan premiers since 1965.
  • Real per-person program spending increased from $2,737 in 1965 to $16,843 in 2021. In fact, 2021 (under Premier Scott Moe) was the highest year of per-person spending on record. Excluding COVID-related spending, per-person spending was $15,585 that year, still the highest on record.
  • The second highest year of per-person spending ($14,904) occurred in 2020. Non-COVID-related spending was $13,541 that year.
  • Overall, Premier Allan Blakeney recorded the highest average annual growth in per-person spending at 7.0 percent. Ross Thatcher recorded the second highest average annual growth of per-person spending at 6.5 percent, though his full tenure is not included due to data limitations. Scott Moe recorded the third highest increase in per-person spending at 5.0 percent.
  • All other premiers recorded average annual increases in per-person spending below 5.0 percent. On average, Lorne Calvert increased per-person spending by 4.1 percent, Grant Devine by 3.6 percent, and Brad Wall by 2.4 percent.
  • Premier Roy Romanow recorded an average annual decline in per-person spending of 1.8 percent.

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