Saskatchewan’s NDP is raising concerns on the lack of a first-quarter finance report from the government.
NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon wrote a letter to Premier Brad Wall on Wednesday, calling the decision not to provide an update “an insult to the people of Saskatchewan”.
“It’s totally unnaccpetable — in fact outrageous — that this government thinks they can scrap sharing the true state of our finances with Saskatchewan people. This is a government that’s taking things for granted, that hasn’t been honest with Saskatchewan people on so many fronts, including the terrible mess they’ve made of our finances,” said Wotherspoon.
The government usually releases the report before the end of August, but because of a spring election and a late budget, they will only be releasing the mid-year report sometime in November.
Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says there was no need to release the first-quarter update because the numbers hadn’t really changed since the budget was tabled.
“We’ll have a much better picture of what crop-insurance claims we’re going to have because most of those will have come in the second-quarter of the fiscal year, we’ll have a much better idea of what our revenues are going to be based on consolidation with the federal government on the corporate and personal income-tax side. We’ll know what pressures are existing for utilization, whether it’s in social services, or health care, or justice during the course of the second-quarter,” said Doherty.