The future of the Saskatchewan Soundstage was discussed following Question Period Monday.
Following an announcement that the Soundstage is one of the 660 buildings the Ministry of Central Services will be reviewing, Warren McCall spoke out, saying it was decisions made by previous governments before Scott Moe’s that’s put them in this precarious position, as it regards to the famed film and television landmark.
“In terms of the decisions of this government, their approach to the film industry in 2012, I think, this stands out as one of the more wrong-headed and stupid set of decisions made by this government.”
For his part, Minister of Central Services Ken Cheveldayoff says he believes the Soundstage is hard at work to get it’s use maximized and his office, by reviewing it, is just doing their due diligence.
“Today, there are many examples of films that are being done in Saskatchewan, and I think they’re working hard to make sure that more of that happens,” Cheveldayoff says. “From a Central Services point of view, we just want to make sure the buildings are used to their maximum capacity and their maximum usage, to ensure taxpayers dollars are well spent.”
Cheveldayoff notes buildings with high vacancy rates are the ones they’re focusing on, and at this time, he’s had no discussions about selling the Soundstage whatsoever.
He also spoke about how they are in no rush to finish their evaluations, nor are they in any rush to sell off anything at this time.