March 12, 2015 4:36 pm

Monthly ‘Buy Local Day’ coming to Sask.

Farmers market vendors in Regina could benefit from a monthly Buy Local Day approved by the Saskatchewan government Thursday.

Derek Putz / Global News

REGINA – The first Saturday of each month will soon be “Buy Local Day” in Saskatchewan.

The government voted Thursday to support a private members bill that encourages shopping at locally owned businesses.

The idea originated with local business advocacy group Sasklandia, which said every $100 spent at a local shop, it’s estimated $73 stays in the province – compared to just $43 at a big box store.

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“I’ve spoken with businesses, there’s been good support (for this) as a way to raise awareness in the public about the benefits of shopping and purchasing locally,” said NDP leader Cam Broten.

The Buy Local Day Act just needs final approval to become law.

Broten was critical of members of the Saskatchewan Party, who were not in support of the legislation when it was first introduced.

“They not only spoke against it, they mocked it.”

Jeremy Harrison, the minister responsible for trade, said the government has already introduced initiatives to support small businesses including Co-op Week and Red Tape Wareness Week.

While it’s mostly a symbolic measure, Harrison said it’s not unusual to work with the Opposition in a bipartisan fashion.

“We believe every day should be Buy Local Day.”

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