Interim NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon was asked to leave the legislative assembly on Thursday after referring to the provincial budget as “deceitful”.
Wotherspoon was given the opportunity to withdraw his comments made during Question Period as he debated the shutdown of the Saskatchewan Transportation Corporation with Premier Brad Wall, but he refused.
Wotherspoon first used the word during Question Period when asking Premier Brad Wall about the Global Transportation Hub land deal.
“Before we get to some of the very serious concerns and questions about the deceitful and mean-spirited budget of the Sask. Party…” said Wotherspoon in the Assembly. “This is a premier who didn’t say boo about this in the run-up to the election, through the election and beyond. He looked into the whites of the eyes of Saskatchewan people, hand over heart, he pledged that he wouldn’t sell off the Crown corporations. This is deceitful and it’s damaging Mr. Speaker,” Wotherspoon said.
Speaker Corey Tochor said Wotherspoon’s remarks were against decorum and asked him to withdraw and apologize.
“Mr. Speaker, with due respect, I will not apologize,” said Wotherspoon.
Wotherspoon took to his Twitter and Facebook accounts later to say he simply could not do what was asked of him.
Several of his colleagues including Ryan Meili and Cathy Sproule took to their Twitter accounts to say they admire Wotherspoon for taking the stance he is.
Others in Saskatchewan who follow Wotherspoon’s Twitter stream also showed support.