NDP calls for Special Committee to study the proposed Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Project

REGINA - Today, Opposition Critic for the Water Security Agency Erika Ritchie and Opposition Critic for Agriculture Trent Wotherspoon called upon the Sask. Party government to work collaboratively to strike a special committee of the legislature to study the proposed Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Project.

“It’s clear that this project has potential but there are still many unanswered questions. We want to make sure that we’re connecting with all those affected by this project and ensure that all voices are heard as we debate the merits,” said Ritchie. “Doing so in a bipartisan fashion would be the most effective way to achieve the best results.”

In recent years, all-party committees have been struck to examine complex and important questions facing Saskatchewan, including energy, organ donation, highway safety, and lobbying transparency. The people of Saskatchewan would be well-served by a similar non-partisan study of the potential risks and benefits associated with the proposed Lake Diefenbaker project. Doing so would allow Saskatchewan citizens, experts, and impacted stakeholders to offer comments and give presentations that will strengthen consideration of the project and serve the public interest.

“A special committee would be consistent with past precedent and an opportunity to work collaboratively to reach the best outcome for this project,” said Wotherspoon. “This is a project that would directly affect many in our province and we want to make sure we get this right.”

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