Committee hearing reveals carbon capture lost millions in 2015

$7 million in penalties, $17 million in repairs

Saskatchewan lost millions on penalties, repairs and operating costs on the Sask. Party’s carbon capture experiment in 2015.

That information was revealed in a committee meeting at the legislature on Tuesday during which Cathy Sproule, the NDP’s critic for SaskPower, questioned the Sask. Party’s Bill Boyd and his officials.

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NDP supports CPP expansion, more financial security for seniors

The NDP supports a reasonable, phased-in expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) so that Saskatchewan families have more security in retirement.

The potential expansion of the CPP is being discussed by Canada’s finance ministers in Ottawa today, and Saskatchewan is, again, the outlier. The Sask. Party opposes phasing in modest growth in retirement payments. 

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NDP wants action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations

NDP Leader Cam Broten wants the provincial government to get serious about the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

After six years of national consultations, and after more than 6,750 survivor and witness statements, the TRC released an interim report with its recommendations in June and issued its final report last week. The Sask. Party government has largely remained quiet on the TRC's recommendations.

"We have to seize this unprecedented opportunity to repair the harm and work for reconciliation," said Broten. “Closing the education gap and partnering with First Nations and Métis communities to create loads of jobs and opportunities – that’s the right thing to do, both morally and economically. 

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Trend shows working-age Saskatchewan residents moving out

Interprovincial migration statistics show a net loss of thousands

Over the last two years, more people have left Saskatchewan than moved in from other provinces, and the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show over half of them are under 40, and 70 per cent are under the age of 65.

Since 2013, Saskatchewan has had a net loss of about 5,700 people to interprovincial migration, which means more people left Saskatchewan than moved to the province from other parts of Canada.

Earlier this week, Brad Wall dismissed that, claiming the losses are simply because “a small number of people from Saskatchewan are moving to B.C. to retire.” But Statistics Canada's numbers show Wall had his facts wrong. The reality is that seven out of every 10 people leaving Saskatchewan were under the age of 65.

“Every single quarter since 2013, our province has lost more and more Saskatchewan people – including a lot of young people – to other provinces,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “I don’t know why Mr. Wall is brushing that off and pretending it doesn't matter, it does matter and this trend ought to be raising alarm bells."

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North Battleford Hospital to cost far more as a P3

The Sask. Party believes that having Saskatchewan people be the project managers on the Saskatchewan Hospital at North Battleford is very risky – which is why they’re willing to pay millions more to have a corporation from the United Kingdom manage the building and maintenance.

A government report released Thursday shows that the price of building and handling maintenance of the mental health and corrections facility through straightforward public building and ownership methods is $309 million. The same price via a P3 rent-a-hospital scheme is $363.4 million.

But the Sask. Party then says it estimates that having Saskatchewan people manage the project equates to a whopping $176 million in ‘risk.’ P3 ‘risk’ calculations have been panned by auditors across the country as unjustified, largely made-up numbers to make P3 projects look better than they are and were called “full of assumptions” by Saskatchewan’s own auditor.

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