The NDP’s new federal leader, Jagmeet Singh, says he would fund a provincial bus service in Saskatchewan if elected Prime Minister in 2019.
Singh spoke to members of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Legislative Assembly Thursday during his first visit to the province since being elected party leader.
Singh says they would commit to seeing the Saskatchewan Transportation Company resume operations.
“We know on a provincial level, in Saskatchewan, there’s been a massive slash and cuts to funding around public transit and the STC,” Singh said. “What we’ve spoken about is how the federal government should step in and actually provide funding. If the provincial government is not willing to do that, they federal government should step in a provide funding for public transit.”
During the first session of the fall sitting of the Saskatchewan Legislature, Premier Brad Wall said the province’s decision to close the STC stands, citing the per passenger subsidy that was reaching one hundred dollars a person.
Singh says he believes the federal government should work more with provinces and municipalities to develop public transit.
Singh, who has spoken against proposed pipelines like Energy East says an economy based on commodity prices faces busts-and-booms.
“And we know that in a bust-and-boom economy,” Singh told reporters in Saskatoon. “Where we rely only on a particular resource and it’s not because of any lack of hard work by the people of Saskatchewan. But the arbitrary ups-and-downs of the economy means the province suffers. I know the people of Saskatchewan want an economy that’s more sustainable.”
One way Singh proposes to create a sustainable economy is to build a national electricity grid to take renewable energy surpluses and spread them around the country.
Singh is in Regina this weekend for the NDP annual convention.
(with files from CJWW)