Some of the Saskatchewan Party candidates running for leadership signed a taxpayer protection pledge Wednesday morning. Three of them, to be exact.
Ken Cheveldayoff, Scott Moe and Gord Wyant agreed to sign the Candian Taxpayers Federation pledge to balance the budget and not impose any major tax increases – if elected.
Elana Koch, Rob Clark and Tina Beaudry-Mellor did not sign
Todd MacKay is the CTF prairie director. He says all elected officials should be held accountable to campaign promises.
“When you’re willing to put your signature on something, that means something in this province,” MacKay said. “People here, when they make a promise, they expect it to be kept.”
MacKay says the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation’s goal remains the clear: to get the candidates to commit to a balanced budget.
“This is an accountability tool,” MacKay said. “You know, we took an awful lot of photos today. Hopefully down the road, if one of these folks becomes premier, we’ll be able to put up a billboard saying ‘promise kept, thanks a lot.’ And if it’s a broken promise, we can put those on billboards too.”
MacKay says it would have been nice to have all six candidates on board to sign the committment, but he says the focus remains the same – ensuring taxpayers don’t have to pay more.
“We want to see a clear vision to balance the budget, pay down debt and avoid tax increases, MacKay said. “This is critically important for Saskatchewan. Premier Wall has been very clear: we can’t kick down the road. We can’t rack up a big debt and leave it for our kids and grand kids.”
The Saskatchewan Party elects a new leader January 27, 2018.