The NDP is calling on the Wall government to bring back STC.
Opposition leader Nicole Sarauer says the SaskParty government is repealing Bill 40, a bill to allow partial privatization of Crown Corporations.
She adds another critical issue from the spring session is the closure of STC.
“With the Sask Party, their stories seem to always change,” Sarauer said Thursday morning in the Saskatchewan Legislature. “Either they’re listening to Saskatchewan people. Or they are not. Either the premier was saying what he really thinks when he told reporters they needed Bill 40 to scrap STC, or not. And Mr. Speaker, with their growing scandals, their contradictions are even worse.”
Premier Brad Wall says the decision to shut down STC stands.
“We are going to be able to take the money that would have gone – the one-hundred million dollars, that would have cost taxpayers to subsidize STC,” Wall replied. “And do things rather, Mr. Speaker such as investing in highways and health care and education. These should be the priorities of the government moving forward.”
Premier Wall says the per-passenger-subsidy was reaching one-hundred dollars per person.
He says alternate bus service is becoming available.
“We have seen companies apply for operating permits that will serve Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle,” Wall told the ministers. “Balcarres, Melville, Yorkton. Starting in November, Kamsack and Canora. Also Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Estevan, Meadow Lake, Swift Current to be served by Rider and Express Forward.”
Premier Wall says another bus service will cover Saskatoon to Calgary.
He says the five year, 100 million dollar subsidy for STC will instead be used to improve highways, health care and education services.