A CBC iTeam investigation has revealed a highly concerning land purchase by the Sask. Party government in which it appears to have paid multiple times the appropriate price – and the NDP is calling for an investigation.
The Sask. Party government had been buying up land for the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) and nearby roads, paying between $9,000 and $23,000 per acre under threat of expropriation. But despite knowing for years they’d need a specific 204-acre stretch of land, they waited until it had been bought by businessmen, then paid them a cool $103,000 per acre – cutting a $21-million cheque.
The government had the land appraised at no more than $35,000 per acre just before offering two businessmen the giant price – 194% more than its appraised value.Read more
NDP Leader Cam Broten is calling for MLAs to return to the legislature this month to deal with the financial mess the Sask. Party is hiding – which breaks the province’s balanced budget law.
That call follows an announcement Monday by Brad Wall that the Sask. Party intends to violate The Growth and Financial Security Act. The balanced budget law in Saskatchewan requires the government to balance the budget every year, or in “exceptional events” when that’s not possible, to open the books for complete transparency, and lay out a plan to offset the deficit with a surplus in the very next budget year. In violation of that law, Wall says, if re-elected, he'll run at least two consecutive deficit budgets – but he’s still refusing to disclose any details.Read more
Lean doesn’t help patients, hurts workers
A new study published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care concludes that Lean doesn’t improve patient care – and cost Saskatchewan a whopping $1,511 for each dollar “saved.”
The study and its scathing conclusion was published Jan. 24 and included research from Lean projects in health care around the world, including a look at the Sask. Party’s sweeping use of the John Black Lean program throughout health care in Saskatchewan.
The study should be the absolute final straw for the disastrous and costly John Black Lean program, said NDP Leader Cam Broten.Read more
NDP demands full financial update immediately, must be audited by Provincial Auditor
Brad Wall announced Monday that his party will not try to balance the budget for at least a couple years – but refused to tell Saskatchewan people just how deep the financial hole is that the Sask. Party put the province in.
NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon said Monday that a full financial report, to be audited by the independent Provincial Auditor, must be released immediately so Saskatchewan people can see how deep the deficit is, and where all the money is going.Read more
Wages in Saskatchewan are heading in the wrong direction, with an average 1 per cent drop in weekly earnings in just one month – more than double Alberta’s drop.
Between October and November 2015, the average hourly wage, including overtime, in Saskatchewan dropped 1.1 per cent. Adding in slowing wages over the previous year, the annual drop is 1.2 per cent. By comparison, between October and November, Alberta’s average hourly wage dropped 0.5 per cent.