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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:18

Wall broke promise not to sell Crown Corporations

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In September 2007 Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall unequivocally stated, “Crowns are not going to be privatized and (subsidiaries) are not going to be wound down”.
Yet, here we are some eight years later with Wall proposing the sale/give away of yet another Saskatchewan money maker namely the Saskatchewan Government Liquor stores, while we, the taxpayer will be saddled with the problems that liquor abuse seems to be responsible for.
Wall has sold off dozens of jobs previously done by the Crowns and their subsidiaries
For example, SaskTel alone contracted out or sold seven of its services.  Sask. Energy is forced to sell three of its subsidiaries to comply with Wall’s “Saskatchewan First”.  Never mind Sask. Power’s Carbon Capture fiasco Sask. Power as well was forced to divest themselves of assets that did not conform to Wall’s Saskatchewan First policy.
Under Wall’s leadership, Sask. Landing, Cypress Hills, and Greenwater Lake Provincial Parks sold/privatized Cabin rental, as well as services such as clearing and maintaining hiking trail, firewood supplied etc. to private sectors.
The Saskatchewan First policy was a thinly disguised policy adopted by Wall, whose purpose was to prevent Government owned companies from competing against the private sector.
Under a premier who stated that Crowns and their subsidiaries would not be privatized, Saskatchewan has sourced out more jobs than one can imagine.  Hospital laundry services to Alberta, Sask. Ferco to Norway, Power to Northland Power, Ontario — on and on.
Now Premier Wall (Premier Pinocchio) wants to privatize 40-plus Saskatchewan Government Liquor stores. Every one of these stores employ several people who shop locally, enroll their children in the local schools, pay taxes to the community, partake in local churches, organization and sports — these will be gone.
The local grocery store will no doubt apply for the privilege of supplying local customers with their liquor supplies.  This in itself will create many problems.  Now, where should we display our stash of booze — next to the soft drink display — no it is a beverage how about the juice department — better still right with the milk ... And how will one monitor the “under drinking age” clerk who is operating the till. And what of the convenience store that is open 24-7. Just who will monitor the sale of liquor at all hours of the day?
Joyce Neufeld, Waldeck, Sask.

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