Rural communities are the backbone of our province, but today they are facing the challenge of low global prices for commodities.

Your government has invested $25 million this year, and $25 million more in each of the next two years to help small communities diversify their economies through the Rural Dividend.

And In the coming weeks, your government will implement a new Rural Economic Development Strategy.

It begins with an unwavering commitment to get to yes on building projects that create jobs in rural communities. Projects like Site C and LNG.

Secondly, investments to create jobs through necessary infrastructure improvements.

And thirdly, a longer term plan to further diversify rural economies, by encouraging the growth of new and emerging sectors, like technology.