Moe wraps up European trade mission with visit to Ukrainian refugees in Germany

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Saskatchewan will do everything it can to help Ukrainian refugees when they arrive in Canada.

Premier Scott Moe made the promise Thursday during a conference call with reporters.

During his trade mission to Europe, Moe visited a refuge in Germany for those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

“Most of them are mothers, grandmothers and children under 15,” said Moe from Kassel, Germany.

“They are very, very grateful – grateful for the generosity of the Poles, the Germans, the people of Kassel and very grateful to Canadians for what Canadians are doing to support Ukrainian families or Ukrainians who are in Ukraine or find their way to other parts of Europe.

“I heard many times that the war was going to be long because the Ukrainian people were simply not going to leave their homes.”

Moe’s government has pledged to welcome as many Ukrainian immigrants as possible, saying the province’s large population of people of Ukrainian descent makes Saskatchewan a logical home for people looking to find a home in Canada. .

Moe does not yet know how many immigrants the province will welcome or for how long, but that does not concern him.

“Two weeks, two months, six months or for the rest of their life, I think it’s up to us to put up with it all,” Moe said.

For this reason, the provincial government will do everything in its power to help the federal government expedite the immigration process.

“We have offered resources and will be working closely with (Federal Immigration) Minister (Sean) Fraser and his department in the very, very near future on the question, ‘Can Saskatchewan really help support federal efforts?’ ” said Moe.

As for housing for those traveling to Saskatchewan from Ukraine, Moe said the province has “a significant amount of housing” available through the Saskatchewan Housing Authority.

“Hotels have volunteered,” he added. “I’ve had people in the construction industry with large work camps that are available for some transitional housing for a short time.

“During the summer months, we used our college dorms for two to three months when we needed to evacuate people from our northern communities in the event of a wildfire.

Moe is scheduled to return to Saskatchewan on Friday after completing the trip.

He said he and his team have made progress in introducing Saskatchewan products to various government officials and finance officials in the UK and Germany.

He said what many European countries are looking for is a reliable and stable supply of potash, uranium and agri-food products.

“Canada and Saskatchewan rank very high – as high as anywhere in the world (and) certainly higher in the case of potash, uranium or agrifood products than a country like Russia at right now,” Moe said.

He suggested importers look at how a product like potash is produced and its environmental sustainability.

“Most certainly when you look at the impact on the soil, water and ultimately the climate of Saskatchewan potash versus that which is produced in Russia or Belarus, it ranks much, much higher on the sustainability,” he said.

— With files from Lara Fominoff of 650 CKOM

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