NDP calling for transparency and accountability on Sask. Party’s GTH failings

The Sask. Party has sunk millions of taxpayers’ dollars into the West Regina Bypass to meet projections that over 6,400 trucks would be passing through the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) daily. However, due to the Sask. Party’s mismanagement of the inland port, truck traffic has reached barely 10 per cent of that projection, government documents show.

“We all know about the Sask. Party’s land scandals at the GTH, and here’s yet another example of how badly they have miscalculated, costing Saskatchewan taxpayers millions in the process,” said NDP GTH Critic Cathy Sproule. “The GTH is a money pit and the West Regina Bypass is making that hole bigger.”

In 2014, West Bypass design documents from SaskBuilds stated that “the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) will, in the future, achieve full "build out" with forecast external trips of 6,426 daily.” However, the 2017-18 GTH Annual Report indicates that only 4,600 trucks flow through per week.

The Sask. Party added millions of dollars to the cost of the Bypass based on those SaskBuilds projections, but they have refused to say how much. We do know that the cost of the Bypass ballooned from $400 million to $2 billion.

“The Sask. Party’s failure is especially concerning considering there have been no land sales at the GTH for two years, it’s buried in debt, and the government has signaled their intention to walk away from the port entirely,” Sproule said. “If the Sask. Party is leaving Saskatchewan taxpayers on the hook to pay the $2 billion price tag, they should at least provide some accountability and transparency.”