Despite the Sask. Party’s repeated promises to be open and transparent, and almost a full year since the Auditor released her report on the Sask. Party’s GTH scandal, they are still refusing to answer simple questions or even follow through on promises to come clean.
“The Sask. Party loves to talk about being open and transparent, but to this day, we haven’t seen them back that up with any action,” said GTH Critic Cathy Sproule. “Time and time again, they have promised to open the books, and to meet with us to answer questions but, time and time again, they refuse to actually do anything. It’s long past time for them to stop hiding, and actually provide some clear and straight answers about sketchy land deals and what they’re hiding on their private email server housed at their party office.”
In addition to their continued refusal to answer straightforward questions in the Legislature or from the media, there have been three recent incidents where Sask. Party Ministers and spokespeople have committed to come clean but have refused to follow through.
- The Sask. Party committed to holding a Public Accounts Committee meeting to determine whether or not the Provincial Auditor had been given access to the private email server that is housed at the Sask. Party offices. The Sask. Party have refused to hold the meeting.
- While refusing to answer GTH questions in a previous meeting, the Minister of Economy committed to another meeting of the Economy committee to answer questions about the business operations of the GTH. The Sask. Party have refused to schedule that meeting.
- When questions were raised about whether the Sask. Party had looked into the questionable immigration practices of a business connected to the GTH, the Premier’s office said they would investigate and respond. The Sask. Party has since refused to say if they investigated.
“It has been one year since the Auditor’s report on the sketchy land deals, and that report raised more questions than it answered,” Sproule said. “The Auditor did her job, but since then, the Sask. Party has refused to do theirs. They have fought tooth and nail to block witnesses and withhold information.”
“The government is now forcing the Saskatchewan people to pay for Sask. Party mismanagement, scandal, and waste through cuts, unfair tax hikes, and the selling off of our Crowns,” said Sproule. “They deserve to hear the truth and not more lies and broken promises.”