Back when they were in Opposition, the Sask. Party supported an NDP government-led effort to remove non-renewable resources from the equalization formula. But when Stephen Harper asked them to drop the legal challenge, they did, selling Saskatchewan people out for the convenience of their friends.
Fast forward a decade: in an attempt to distract from his poor record on the issues that matter to Saskatchewan people like health and education, Premier Moe took up the equalization fight again as one of his three demands for the Prime Minister.
That lasted… not very long at all.
In the last few weeks, Moe has dropped the focus on equalization again, and now it’s nowhere on the agenda as Donna Harpauer heads to Ottawa.
Saskatchewan people know we aren’t getting a fair deal from the federal government on equalization, and that a better deal that excludes non-renewable resources could help us fund the transition to clean energy. But getting a better deal requires a bit more focus than Scott Moe can muster.
“We have been clear from the start: non-renewable resource revenues need to be excluded from the formula,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Scott Moe keeps pointing fingers and floating trial balloons to distract from the fact that he’s not actually getting anything done for the people of this province. We need a fair deal on equalization and a Premier who will fight to get the job done.”