Fall sitting of the Saskatchewan legislature concludes; to resume next March

REGINA – The premier says his government accomplished a fair amount during the fall sitting of the Saskatchewan legislature, but the NDP says a ballooning deficit and program cuts aren’t much to be proud of.

As the session wrapped up Wednesday afternoon, Wall said the Saskatchewan Party government moved forward with several bills.

They included improvements to impaired driving laws, pipeline regulations and adding PTSD to the coverage provided by the Workers’ Compensation Board.

He said the province is keeping the promises made during the election despite tight financial circumstances.

But NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon said the Saskatchewan Party continues to let down taxpayers.

He noted his party pushed hardest against the government on the controversial Global Transportation Hub land deal, in which the provincial auditor concluded the government had significantly overpaid for land for a highway bypass of Regina.

“The sad reality is that this premier and the SaskParty are making Saskatchewan people pay for that mismanagement and scandal,” said Wotherspoon.

Wall said the government will do whatever it can to improve on the province’s financial situation.

“We’re going to work really, really hard to get back to balance – that’s another promise we made in the campaign – and we’re going to work hard to get back to a balance budget without cuts to important programs,” said Wall.

The premier was also adamant on fighting against the nation-wide carbon tax being imposed on Saskatchewan – even going so far as to put forward a motion in the assembly to oppose the tax.

Wall will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow premiers at the First Ministers’ meeting in December.

The spring sitting of the legislature is set to begin on March 6, 2017.