Moe gov’t redacts Harper contract despite $840,000 bill, declining export numbers

REGINA - Today, the Official Opposition called for transparency after the Sask. Party government refused to release details about a questionable contract with Stephen Harper.

“We’re an export-based province and our export numbers have been on the decline for eleven consecutive months. It’s entirely reasonable to ask who’s coming out ahead from this deal - the people of Saskatchewan or a former politician turned consultant,” said Jobs and Economy Critic Aleana Young. 

“After 17 years, the old boys club at the Legislature is not working for the people of Saskatchewan.”

According to public accounts, Calgary-based Harper and Associates bills Saskatchewan taxpayers $240,000 annually, totalling $840,000 since 2019. However, the value Harper brings to Saskatchewan taxpayers is not entirely clear. 

Moe’s Trade Ministry completely redacted the “description of work” section of Harper’s contract after the Opposition requested it through a freedom of information request. 

And despite Harper recently appearing on international trade missions with the Premier, Saskatchewan’s merchandise exports have decreased year over year for the last eleven consecutive months, as per Statistics Canada

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