The province isn’t counting out future commercial development is Regina’s Wascana Park.
At session last Tuesday, Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Ken Cheveldayoff said they’d look at things on a “case by case basis.”
In August, Regina city council voted unanimously to pass a motion protecting the park from future commercial developments. A letter was then sent informing the province of their opposition to “future development that does not meet the recommendations in the Master Plan and has not undergone full public consultation.”
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“The plan goes back to 1913 that allows for commercial development. And if you read it closely, it’s been a while since I’ve read it, but it allows for more commercial development than there is now,” said Cheveldayoff.
Back in 2017, the province changed the structure of the board of the Wascana Centre Authority, giving them a voting majority over their partners, the University of Regina and the city.
However, Cheveldayoff said they still work with them for a concensus.
“What I’m going on is the concensus that we’ve come to since the legislation’s been passed. So, I think it’s working very well.”
That’s not the view shared by Saskatchewan NDP critic of the file Nicole Sarauer.
She believes that was done to give the province “unilateral control” over the board, which she said worked served the park fine for about 50 years.
“The Minister’s word is only as good as his word. And that leaves a little to be desired, frankly. If he’s really committed to this, then change the legislation back.”