Enterprise Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Party candidate Nancy Heppner says one thing while the party policy book appears to say something different
One might think that a party’s stated policies would surely trump election platforms and promises. With the Saskatchewan Party that does not appear to be the case.
Saskatchewan Party candidate Nancy Heppner is claiming the NDP is “resorting to lies” about her party’s policies.
“We would keep Crowns public, and STC is part of that,” said Heppner, seeking re-election in Martensville.
According to the article Calvert pointed to past statements by Sask. Party members -- coupled with the party’s plans to create
Calvert said Monday that a review of the Crowns by a “hand-picked” group of people in
“What will Mr. Wall do when
Heppner said the Sask. Party wouldn’t accept advice that went against the party’s stance that the Crowns will remain public, including the Crowns beyond the major utilities.
The problem with Heppner’s comments is that the Saskatchewan Party Policy Book does not appear to say that. Calvert is correct in that it only mentions the four major Crowns. There is absolutely no solid reference to maintaining public ownership of the other Crowns.
The Saskatchewan Party Policy Book states:
“A Saskatchewan Party government will maintain
“[N]on-tax barriers that will require the attention and diligence of Enterprise Saskatchewan include direct competition to business from various government agencies and Crowns attempting to diversify from core functions, as well as policies of the Crowns themselves.” [Page 48]
“CC05-1. Keeping the Major Crowns Public – Be it resolved that a Saskatchewan Party government supports The Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act and will retain public ownership of our major Crown corporations as important tools in the provision of utility services to Saskatchewan families and businesses and important partners in the economic development of Saskatchewan.” [Page 11]
“EC05-2. Rethinking Direct Government Investment and Intervention in the Economy – Be it resolved that a Saskatchewan Party government will replace direct government investment and intervention in the economy with…Enterprise Saskatchewan…and…The removal of barriers to private sector investment in Saskatchewan’s key economic sectors.” [Page 13]
“EC05-3. Establishing the Right Economic Development Priorities – Be it resolved that the economic development priorities of a Saskatchewan Party government will be to…Maintain public ownership of Saskatchewan’s major crown utilities focused on the provision of power, telecommunications services, natural gas transmission and distribution and insurance services to Saskatchewan families and businesses at the lowest possible cost.” [Page 13]
Heppner states “
“Rather than taking direction from government,
Furthermore, when it comes to the finer details of the plan there appears to be no transparency.
The Saskatchewan Party has not released the complete terms of reference for
Party leader Brad Wall has not said whether the
To date Wall has not supplied a definitive list of the groups that will comprise the
When is the Saskatchewan Party going to come clean about its