Wotherspoon: Don’t leave federal transit dollars on the table again

REGINA - Today, NDP Critic for Highways, Infrastructure, and Transportation Trent Wotherspoon called on the provincial government to stop leaving federal dollars on the table and act to improve options for transportation in communities left isolated by Sask. Party’s cancellation of STC and the end of Greyhound bus services.

“Seniors, students, business owners, producers and the medically-fragile were all devastated by the Sask. Party’s deceitful move to shut down and sell off STC,” said Wotherspoon. “That decision made no sense at the time and makes no sense today. But now that there are federal dollars on the table that could help restore a fraction of the services that have been taken away, the provincial government needs to seize that opportunity.”

The federal government has created a $250 million fund for improving transit, including transit in rural communities. The provincial government has previously failed to fully deploy federal dollars related to wage top ups, pandemic supports for the health system, and childcare.

“Urgent action is needed to ensure people in rural communities have transportation options that work for them. It’s long-past time that this government step up to the plate and ensure basic transportation options are available in every part of our province. To again leave federal dollars on the table when so many across the province are isolated and without transportation options is irresponsible and it’s wrong.”

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