Broten joins local business owners to call for Buy Local Day

NDP Leader Cam Broten is joining a grassroots movement of Saskatchewan business owners and residents calling on the government to proclaim and promote a monthly Buy Local Day in the province.

“This common sense idea puts Saskatchewan first and promotes economic sustainability in our province,” said Broten. “Even just a small shift in how we support local businesses can have a big ripple effect in our communities and our entire economy.”

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NDP demands government explain SaskPower statement

The NDP is demanding that the government’s silence on its smart meter fiasco end after a statement released by SaskPower seemed to indicate the Crown will be paying to fix the $47 million mistake.

“We will work within our budget to correct the issue,” read the SaskPower statement, in part, released late Tuesday.

NDP Leader Cam Broten said Saskatchewan families want to know what that means.

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Who will pay for the government’s smart meter fiasco?

Contract questions remain outstanding as manufacturer denies responsibility

Saskatchewan families want to know who will pay for the government’s $47 million smart meter fiasco – and a statement released Saturday by the manufacturer of the meters is denying responsibility.

The NDP says the manufacturer’s statement highlights the need for the contract details to be revealed, and for the investigation into the mess to be independent.

“It’s no surprise that we’re going to see government and the companies involved all start passing the buck,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “But if the contracts failed to have protections for ratepayers and taxpayers, it would be a shocking failure on the part of this government.”

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NDP calls for truly independent investigation into $47M smart meter fiasco

Saskatchewan's NDP wants a truly independent investigation into the government's $47 million failed smart meter program.

Yesterday, the premier said the government's own Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) would investigate what went wrong. CIC is the government’s holding company for Crown corporations.

"This is literally the government saying it will investigate itself,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “It’s ridiculous that the premier calls that an independent investigation – and it appears to be nothing more than a sham meant to distance the premier from this fiasco."

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NDP opposes government decision to plow ahead with P3 schools

With no value for money evidence, the government confirmed today it will plow ahead with a plan to use a privatized P3 scheme to bulk-build children’s schools.

“P3s cost more, and they mean delays before building can even begin,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP deputy leader and education critic. “This private rent-a-school approach has been tried in other places – including in Nova Scotia and Alberta – and it has been abandoned in those jurisdictions because it costs more. The government is ignoring evidence, and certainly ignoring good financial sense to plow ahead with its P3 schools scheme.”

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