Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the repeal of the controversial Bill 40.
The bill which was passed in spring sitting of the Legislature would have allowed the province to sell up to 49 per-cent of crown corporations such as SaskTel.
On Twitter, Wall simply said, “Saskatchewan, we’ve heard you. Our MLA’s have heard directly from you, and I’ve heard directly from you, you don’t agree with that definition. You believe the sale of any stake, any part of a Crown Corporation is privativization, and that would counter a promise we made in three different election campaigns.”
Saskatchewan, we’ve heard you.
Bill 40, which would have allowed for minority sales or partnership with our crowns, will be repealed. pic.twitter.com/5s8CPxXNOH
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) 24 October 2017
Wall is expected to speak about this more on Wednesday when he deliverers the Throne speech ahead of the start of fall sitting of the Legislature.
Saskatchewan NDP claims victory on decision
Interim leader Nicole Sarauer says despite nearly a full year of the Sask. Party defending their bill to allow the sell-off of 49 per cent of our Crown Corporations, they have finally admitted what Saskatchewan people knew all along; their Bill 40 was bad for Saskatchewan.
“From the first day that they introduced Bill 40, we fought it in the Legislature and campaigned against it. People rallied in the streets, signed petitions, and were loud and clear that they were opposed to this obvious scheme to sell-off our Crowns without asking the people of Saskatchewan.
She goes on to ask if the government will now restore provincial bus service by bringing back STC.
SFL pleased with announcement
The surprising decision to repeal the bill calling legislation that allows up to 49 per cent of a Crown corporation to be sold without that being considered privatization is one that makes the president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour happy.
Larry Hubich says his organization has been calling for this to happen since it was first brought to the table last fall.
While happy though, Hubich says it needs to be finalized before he can say victory has been achieved.
“Until the ink is dry,” Hubich said. “I’m not holding my breath. If the government lives up to the announcement, it will be a good day for Saskatchewan citizens.”
Hubich says those who let the government know how important the Crowns are did the right thing.
“It’s a major victory for Saskatchewan citizens,” Hubich said. “The Federation of Labour has played a big role, I think. We’ve been working very diligently and hard to articulate the voices of people we’ve been hearing.”