At the end of the spring session of the Legislature, the Sask. Party is standing alone in its stubborn insistence that misleading the public by using two sets of books is acceptable.
During the session, NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon and Saskatchewan’s independent provincial auditor both called on the Sask. Party to come clean. On April 30, Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk released a special report revealing the depths of the Sask. Party’s efforts to hide its handling of Saskatchewan’s money.
“My bottom line message to the government is: just tell it like it is,” said Lysyk.
According to Lysyk, the Sask. Party has been hiding three years of deficits and a $19.1-billion debt it is racking up.
"The auditor describes the Sask. Party shuffling money between bank accounts in order to hide debt and manufacture figures it could put on billboards," said Wotherspoon. "It’s never acceptable to mislead the people who elected you – and this is aggravated by the fact that the Sask. Party is stubbornly refusing to stop this practice."
This session also included the release of the Sask. Party government’s 2013-14 budget. It includes no money to cover the costs of this year’s spring flooding, shortchanging universities and schools, and $54 million cut from health care.
"With Saskatchewan’s good economy, it’s really disappointing that the Sask. Party is struggling to deliver the basics like a sustainable education system and quality seniors care," said Wotherspoon. "Instead, this spring, the Sask. Party has delivered more spin and PR for themselves, putting politicians ahead of people."
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office