The COPE Local 397 Political Action Chair, Gloria Patrick, would like to share the following message from Trent Wotherspoon the Leader of the Official Opposition
A message from Trent Wotherspoon, Leader of the Official Opposition of Saskatchewan, NDP, on the Sask. Party’s damaging and dishonest Crown Corporation Privatization scheme:
The Sask. Party tabled Bill 40 this session which aims to redefine the word “privatize.” If passed, this would allow the government to wind down, dissolve, or sell-off up to 49% of the shares in our Crown Corporations without consultation with the public or a referendum.
Bill 40 opens the door to a sell off our Crown Corporations to private interests, a massive privatization.
Our Crowns have been built by and for Saskatchewan people. The people of Saskatchewan are their shareholders. Giving up control of half our Crowns will mean losing benefits for all Saskatchewan people. Our Crowns are too important to be sold off and the Sask. Party government doesn’t have a mandate to privatize them. This is a deceitful and desperate plan.
Our Crowns provide stability and strength to our province and benefits to Saskatchewan people. They are modern, service providing, job creating, money making innovators. They offer thousands of good mortgage paying jobs, support local businesses, provide security in service across Saskatchewan at low rates, and deliver tremendous dividends annually – money that gets invested back into our schools, health care and communities.
As you know, the Sask. Party Premier has said they are open to offers on the potential sale of SaskTel breaking his commitment to Saskatchewan people. We have been perfectly clear on this. If Brad Wall wants to try and sell off our Crowns so he can make a quick buck and try to cover up for the Sask. Party’s mismanagement, scandal, and waste, the Saskatchewan New Democrats will fight him every step of the way.
With much at stake, now, and for our future, your input, support and action is needed to stop the short-sighted and damaging Sask. Party privatization schemes.
Together with you, Saskatchewan New Democrats will fight to save and build our Crown Corporations. Saskatchewan people deserve nothing less.