Jeremy Harrison has made his first significant announcement on what needs to change in government if he is elected the leader of the SaskParty.
In a ten point plan aimed at changing government ethics rules, the former Economy Minister said the province will sell its stake in the Global Transportation Hub and never have a role in land development again.
This comes after months of an alleged scandal with the GTH, and the Harrison admitting to wrong doings in the agreement .
Harrison said the plan is all about moving forward with increased accountability and transparency.
“Our conflict of interest code, freedom of information act, and public disclosure roles lag behind those found in many other provinces. Today I am proud to lay out my plan to bring increased accountability to politics in Saskatchewan, starting with my ten point plan to modernize our conflict of interest lobbying and freedom of information rules to increase government transparency,” Harrison told reporters inside the Saskatchewan Legislature.
When asked why he defended his colleagues when it came to the GTH , Harrison said he was defending government position and admitted to making mistakes. He also added that if he was leader, and the same thing happened under his watch that Bill Boyd is accused of, he would fire that minister. Boyd has been under-fire in the past for his involvement with the land deal at the GTH and more recently for seeking involvement from a Chinese investor under the guile of still being a cabinet minister which he is not.
The statements from Harrison did not impress the opposition.
Interim NDP leader Nicole Sarauer said “It’s pretty rich for (Harrison) to throw Boyd under the bus in his attempts to further himself in his leadership bid.
She adds his hands are still over the GTH land deal as well despite his statements and talk of accountability now means nothing considering the government’s action in the past on this matter.
The SaskParty will elect it’s new leader and Premier of the province on January 27th in Saskatoon.