Convene Public Accounts Committee and recall legislature: NDP

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.

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Broten blasts Wall's plan to hide GTH investigation until post election

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.

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Broten demands expedited investigation into troubling land deal

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. 

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Sask. Party contracting to foreign corps hurting jobs

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. 

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Radiologists continue to leave RQHR as government stalls on mediation talks

NDP Health critic Danielle Chartier says the Sask. Party has to start prioritizing recruitment and retention of specialist physicians –because by the end of the year, the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will be down to only 15 radiologists from about 25.

The number of radiologists leaving is a result of the Sask. Party's move to stop a Regina radiology group from providing in-hospital services to patients. Among those leaving are Regina’s only neuroradiologist and radiologist doing cardiac MRIs.

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