The shutdown of the Saskatchewan Transport Company continues to be a major issue for residents in the province’s rural communities.
Several residents affected by the shutdown attended Tuesday’s sitting of the Legislature to show the government their support for the renewal of the service.
One of those people was Michael Huck.
He said the cancellation of the STC has forced him to abandon his retirement and moved to Regina for him to get the medical attention he requires.
“We put an RTM house out in Bethune, basically supposed to be retirement. We turned a piece of prairie into shrubs and trees and flowers, stuff like that. And we had to sell it.”
NDP Critic Trent Wotherspoon acknowledged the issues it’s caused residents, while also calling out the provincial government’s lack of understanding as to how vital STC service was to many communities.
“We’re going to keep pressing and call for action,” he noted. “Of course, we’ll also have democratic processes like an election, but we hope to restore services far before that.”
In response to Wotherspoon’s statement, Minister Responsible for SGI (and formerly for STC) Joe Hargrave said axing the transportation crown wasn’t a decision taken lightly.
However, he did note no STC presence doesn’t eliminate residents from accessing other forms of transportation.
“There’s community groups. And maybe they got to buy a van, a disability van and work with other communities. There’s options out there,” he said. “If they were to look at other provinces and other jurisdictions and see what they’re doing, they’d see.”