There will be no charges when it comes to the controversial issue behind the Global Transportation Hub.
The investigation which started in February of 2016, was prompted after a land purchase deal allegedly benefited businessmen with ties to former SaskParty MLA Bill Boyd.
RCMP Superintendent Paul Saganski says Manitoba prosecutors reviewed the evidence back in the fall of 2017 and presented this to F Division in April
“The investigators for this matter had a commercial crime and financial crime background. So we would’ve focused on offences related to fraud, public mischief and corruption.”
Saganski says over 40 people were interviewed throughout the investigation along with thousands of documents.
“And we were advised that if any further evidence was brought forward or was uncovered, that at that time we would share it back with them. So, we advised Manitoba Prosecution Services last week that we would be announcing our file was concluded”
Saskatchewan’s Justice Minister admits the government made mistakes with the Global Transportation Hub that cost a lot of taxpayer money.
Although, the RCMP found no evidence of fraud or corruption in its two year investigation, Don Morgan accepts the province moved slowing acquiring the land allowing speculators to buy and flip the property at a much higher price.
But Morgan said the auditor general did a comprehensive public probe so there is no need for a public inquiry.
“Full disclosure was made to her of cabinet documents. She released all of those documents and her findings were in the report that she made. So, everything made in the purchase and repurchase of the land was in the auditor’s report.”
Morgan said it’s probably not a business the government should have been involved in.
They are looking to sell the project noting it has tenants who employ over a thousand people.
According to Morgan there is no time line or potential buyer.
NDP Leader Ryan Meili released a statement that said even though there were no charges, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t any wrong doing on the Saskatchewan governments part.
“The work in holding the Sask. Party to account will remain, as we still need to get to the bottom of how and why millions of Saskatchewan taxpayers’ dollars were wasted in this expensive land flip. The NDP, along with many Sask. Party leadership candidates, have been calling for a full judicial inquiry into this matter. We renew our call once again.”
“The Sask. Party’s handling of the GTH has been cloaked by mismanagement and a serious lack of transparency. The people of the province deserve clear answers as to why their money has been so badly wasted and who benefited.”
(With files from Drew Wilson)