Growth is the way our communities can afford to improve amenities, solve long term infrastructure problems and create the economic drivers that raise the standard of living. The question should not be is growth good, but are we doing our best to make sure it is as equitable as possible.
Every community wants the best possible public services and amenities; however this requires an investment by all levels of government and the private sector. The more the private sector is capable and willing to invest, the less government needs to use taxpayer money to provide services and amenities to our community. For the private sector to be willing to find the capacity and willingness to invest, the private sector needs a rate of return on investment that is better when compared to other choices in the world where it can invest. When a City has a strong growth agenda, private sector investment follows. Therefore, if it is important that our City is going to continue to grow and for Regina residents to experience the benefits of growth, our community leaders need to make growth a priority.