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Sask Party MLAs gave a 14% raise to Crown Execs

But little to working people

Wrong priorities, Sask Party.

Two-tiered system

 

  GTH land scam   

  • Millions in taxpayers’ money was wasted buying land at inflated prices. And millions of dollars ended up in the pockets of a Sask Party donor and an Alberta business associate of former cabinet minister Bill Boyd.

 

  The GTH itself   

 

  • Land purchases cost $13 million, and legal settlements totaled $11 million. The GTH is $40 million in debt and growing, and interest charges on its loan exceed $500,000 a year.

 

  Private bus service subsidy 

 

  • The Sask Party government provided a $500,000 subsidy for a bus service that shuttles employees of the private businesses at the GTH to and from Regina. During the past four years, the GTH has used the contractor to provide a bus service designed primarily to deliver and collect employees of the Loblaws warehouse. Loblaws had a net profit last year of $1.5 billion.

 

  Over-priced consultants  

  • Government is handing out hundreds of millions of dollars to consultants. Spending on consultants rose by 228 per cent between 2009 and 2014.

 

  Lean  

 

  • $40 million was handed to a U.S. consultant, and a University of Saskatchewan study found that for every dollar saved by Lean, the province spent $1,511.

 

  Liquor privatization  

  • Tens of millions of dollars will be lost each year. The main reason: government dropped the mark-up to give private retailers a wider profit margin.

 

  Payouts to unsuccessful bidders  

 

  • In 2016, the province paid $5.6 million in honorariums to corporations that were unsuccessful bidders on P3 projects.

 

  Regina Bypass  

 

  • Nearly $2 billion was handed to a French multinational corporation to build a bypass around Regina. An Alberta company will be paid an undisclosed amount to plow and sand the 60 km of highway for 30 years.

 

  More MLAs  

 

  • The Sask Party added three new MLAs to the Legislature at a cost of almost $700,000 a year.

 

  Smart meters  

 

  • After spending $37 million on faulty smart meters, SaskPower had to remove and replace all of them, at a cost of as much as $15 million more.

 

  Carbon capture  

 

  • SaskPower was forced to pay almost $20 million in penalties to Cenovus Energy, when the new $1.5 billion Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage plant failed to capture enough carbon to sell to the energy company.

 

  Crown privatization  

 

  • In 2013, the Sask Party sold 69 per cent of Infor­mation Services Corporation. In just the first three years of privatiza­tion, we lost $41 million in revenue. By 2025, we will have foregone more revenue than we got from the sale of ISC shares.

 

  Cannabis profit giveaways  

 

  • The Sask Party chose to hand over the wholesaling and retailing sides of the cannabis industry to private companies. Rather than let a publicly-owned entity collect profits for Saskatchewan people, the revenue will instead go to a few owners and shareholders — with small local businesses disadvantaged by a model that favours big corporations.