The NDP is again on the attack over the Wall government’s use of P3 partnerships.
Opposition critic Cathy Sproule says the SaskParty government shelled out 5.6 million dollars in honorariums to unsuccessful P3 Partnership bidders.
She calls it a waste of taxpayers money, handed out to large private corporations.
“Millions of taxpayer dollars in goodie-bags for large corporations,” said Sproule. “Just a thank you for showing up at the party. At a time when the SaskParty has been preaching belt-tightening to everyone else and cutting and slashing much-needed programs for Saskatchewan people.”
The minister responsible for SaskBuilds, Gordon Wyant, says P3 Partnerships have saved the province over half a billion dollars on projects like the Regina bypass.
He says the payments to unsuccessful bidders is a small price to pay for innovation and cost savings.
Wyant points out even the NDP government in Alberta is using a P3 Partnership for a south Calgary bypass.