With health care wait times sky rocketing, classrooms overcrowded and crumbling, and the province running a massive deficit, Saskatchewan families are outraged at Brad Wall’s request that federal help go straight to oil companies.
Wall announced Monday that he has asked for more than $150 million from the federal government to pay oil companies to clean up wells they’re not using. Oil companies are actually required by law to clean up their own wells – and most do so, as part of their business plan and operating expenses. But Wall says many of these companies should get a bailout from the federal government to clean up their wells right now.Read more
The NDP has called a Public Accounts Committee meeting for Wednesday to deal with the premier's controversial land purchase, and is repeating its demand that the premier call the legislature back to deal with the financial mess the Sask. Party is trying to hide.
The NDP has called the committee meeting to give the independent Provincial Auditor a full mandate to investigate the Sask. Party’s troubling land purchase for the Global Transportation Hub (GTH). Rather than Brad Wall’s weak request to simply check the purchase process, NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon said the auditor needs a robust mandate to look into whether Brad Wall and cabinet misused public funds, made appropriate decisions, and acted in the best interests of taxpayers. Importantly, a request to provide a progress report before the April 4 election must be part of the Auditor’s mandate, so voters have as much information as possible before heading to the polls.Read more
Calls for committee meeting to go ahead – call for interim report before election
Brad Wall’s attempt to keep secret an investigation by the provincial auditor into his government's troubling land deal until after the April 4 election is absolutely wrong, according to NDP Leader Cam Broten.
To pre-empt a more detailed order from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Wall signed an order allowing the auditor to investigate the land deal, but he refused to provide a timeline or require a full or interim report prior to the election. Broten says the PAC meeting should still be called – and the NDP will table a motion to ensure Saskatchewan people see as much of the auditor’s investigation as possible before the election.Read more
Broten asks chair to recall Public Accounts Committee, launch Provincial Auditor’s investigation
NDP Leader Cam Broten has asked for a recall of the Public Accounts Committee of the legislature in order to launch an immediate, comprehensive Provincial Auditor’s special investigation into a highly concerning Sask. Party land deal.
On Monday. Broten asked Public Accounts Committee chair, Danielle Chartier, to recall the committee’s members as soon as possible.Read more
Statistics Canada reports unemployment up, 8,000 more people looking for work
The Sask. Party’s wave of sending Saskatchewan jobs and contracts to corporations outside the province is costing the province a lot of jobs – and now 8,000 more Saskatchewan people are unemployed and looking for work.
The new numbers from Statistics Canada, released Friday, show there are now 36,600 adults in Saskatchewan unemployed and looking for work – the highest number the province has ever had.
Unemployment has hit 6.1 per cent, or 5.6 per cent when adjusted for seasonality. Some of the largest losses have been in the construction industry, which shed 3,300 jobs last month alone, a net loss of 2,200 compared to a year ago.Read more