The Opposition NDP says Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor needs a broader mandate to investigate a government land deal and it’s recalling a legislative committee to try to get that done.
The NDP has called a public accounts committee meeting for Wednesday, where it plans to table a motion for the auditor to look into transactions surrounding Regina’s Global Transportation Hub.
Premier Brad Wall made an order-in-council Monday that asks the auditor to examine whether the government followed proper procedures and received appropriate value for the land west of Regina.
But NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon says the request was weak because it’s simply about checking the purchase process.
Wotherspoon says the auditor needs to look into whether the government misused public funds, made appropriate decisions, and acted in the best interests of taxpayers.
The NDP chairs the committee, but five of the seven members are from government, so it’s not clear if the motion will gain traction.
(The Canadian Press)