One role of Government is to solve problems. STC’s money loosing bus system was a long term problem. The Sask Party’s solution was to terminate STC without a plan.
In ten years, the Sask Party could not figure out how to run a bus company. The Sask Party caused a new problem: No bus service.
A role of Government is to solve problems. This week pcsask.ca has a solution to highway intersection tragedies.
We do not yet know why the semi-trailer truck hit the Humboldt Broncs’ bus. Why did the truck driver not hear audio GPS warnings from a system in his truck?
Available GPS technology can send an audible warning to drivers that they are approaching an intersection, street light, or stop sign.
The Progressive Conservative Party (pcsask.ca) proposes mandatory GPS warning systems in all commercial trucks operating in Saskatchewan.
If a driver hears; warning stop sign 300 meters ahead; warning intersection with a through highway 250 meters; warning stop sign 200 meters ahead, the driver is likely to stop.
The solution will not cost the province any tax money and will cost the trucking companies one-half the price of a tire. The NDP and Sask. Party only understand to throw taxpayers’ money on the problem.
This is another progressive solution from pcsask.ca.
Grant Schmidt - President
PC Party of Saskatchewan
The PC Party of Saskatchewan calls last week’s first Moe budget an illusion of prosperity instead of the promised renewal of a tired SP government. Expectations were high but unfortunately after a week of scrutiny, all we see is a slight of hand.
"To give the government some credit, there were small positives such as funds allocated to provide coverage for HIV drugs and for young children with autism. Financial resources to begin a much-needed rural crime strategy were finally allocated", PC Party Leader Rick Swenson said.
"The illusion is that the province was “on track” to getting their financial house in order but in reality, they are adding $2.3 billion to our debt. The illusion of investing in rural Saskatchewan conflicts with the reality that the dollars this government is spending on servicing our ballooning debt is more than will be spent for transportation of our commodities and the environment. This amount is only slightly less than what is being spent for public safety and agriculture combined.
The PC Party of Saskatchewan is demanding transparency and full disclosure in the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority’s (SLGA) marijuana retail permit selection process.
“This Friday, the Minister responsible for the SLGA has promised more information on the number and make-up of the province’s marijuana store applicants. The Minister has reported that there have been hundreds of applications and that the successful applicants will be determined by a lottery - they will be drawn out of hat. Given the Sask Party government's track record on “deal making”, having this government oversee this lottery process is a gamble that is far too risky to ensure accountability and public safety”, says PC Party Leader Rick Swenson.
Mr. Swenson went on to say, “The PC Party of Saskatchewan is calling on the government to implement two important steps in the approval process. First, transfer the lottery selection process to an independent third party who would do the drawing process in public thus ensuring full and open transparency is achieved. Second, once the successful applicants have been chosen, they must agree to have their company officers and major shareholder names fully disclosed to the public. The Saskatchewan public needs to know and trust the people involved in this very ground-breaking sale of a new restricted substance."
In closing Mr. Swenson had this to say, “Last week’s budget was a great illusion on the realities facing Saskatchewan. It is high time for the Sask Party government to stop their smoke and mirror tactics. They can begin by agreeing to the transparency and disclosure steps that the PC Party have outlined and demand to take place for public safety and accountability”.
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For more information, call Rick Swenson at (306) 631-5461 or Provincial Office at (306) 693-7572.
We are one day short of a week of this year's provincial budget presentation. As usual with these well-crafted documents, particularly if they are crafted by a government who feels political power slipping from their grasp, the devil is in the details.
The initial reaction seemed to be one of relief that there weren't the drastic cuts and tax hikes that occurred in last year's budget. There was no stripping away of money for schools, libraries and the funerals of Saskatchewan's poorest citizens. The changes in the Sask Party brain trust made sure those events wouldn't happen again. The reality is, however, that this Sask Party government is adding $2.3 billion to the provincial debt and is not setting a path for economic growth.
By last Friday, we found out that no matter how good a deal you thought you made with your local car dealer on a used car or truck, you will be charged PST according to what some bureaucrat in SGI deems it is worth. Once again, we have a Crown Corporation being used as a financial milk cow by the Sask Party government.
This is the same old trick the previously NDP governments used by using our Crown Corporations - many of which are monopolies - to back-door tax us. As the days and weeks move on, there will be other examples of cash grabs by this broke Sask Party government that has no vision for the future except winning another provincial election by talking to their base.
The next shoe to drop will probably be a down-grade in Saskatchewan's credit rating so that we can spend more of our hard-earned dollars paying interest on the debt racked up by things like the Regina bypass. One or two overpasses and a few traffic lights would have saved lives and not burdened this province with generations of debt.
I've always believed in my personal life and when I was in government that you borrow money to make money and then when you make money, you can spend it to improve the quality of life for your family and in the case of government, for the citizens of this province. You put in place the incentives that will encourage people to create wealth. The Sask Party has learned how to create wealth for a few of their rich friends and the Party's election bank account. They have forgotten about the rest of us.
In case some of you did not see the release, the PC Party of Saskatchewan will be holding a leadership convention on the 3rd and 4th of November, 2018 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I think it is very important that Saskatchewan pays attention to this event, that good people put their name forward to contest this leadership and that the PC Party has a new beginning and therefore gives Saskatchewan voters a choice they currently don't have.
Saskatchewan needs a made-in-Saskatchewan Conservative party that is fiscally responsible and socially progressive. Saskatchewan needs a party that talks about incentives and brings forth policies that brings out Saskatchewan's entrepreneurial excellence so that we can generate the wealth necessary to have a fair and just society.
Stay tuned for some new ideas from the people seeking the leadership of the PC Party and stay tuned for some new ideas coming from the people who have been around the PC Party for a long time and stay tuned for more bad news out of this Sask Party budget.
These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.
"The people of Saskatchewan were really hoping with the selection by the Sask Party of a new Premier that we all would have a different way of governing, a new vision of how Saskatchewan would move forward and a different approach to how our hard earned dollars are being spent", said PC Leader Rick Swenson.
"The theme of the budget this year was "On Track". It should have been the "Derailment Continues". Saskatchewan will add $2.3 billion to its provincial debt this year. That extra money does not go toward a new vision or increased employment, opportunities or the ability of Saskatchewan to handle the mounting pressures around us from things like trade and inability to market our products", Swenson continues.
The Sask Party continues to spend a third of the provincial highway budget on 50 kilometres of road around Regina. They continue to nickel and dime us on the everyday necessities of life through the Crown Corporations and continue to add PST to everyday items in our everyday lives as we struggle to maintain our families and our homes. The PC Party of Saskatchewan pointed out the train wreck that was happening in our finances before the 2016 election with the jump in the budget deficit to $1.3 billion.
Swenson concluded, "We had hoped with the departure of people like Bill Boyd, Kevin Doherty and Brad Wall that the new Sask Party Premier would choose a different path and a different vision. Borrowing more money to pay for bad decisions by his predecessors is not a new vision. Reversing more of the cuts made in last year's budget is not a new vision and ignoring the fact that Saskatchewan needs new entrepreneurial activities like developing alternate energy sources and using our vast amounts of waste heat to grow our employment base and our tax base is not a new vision. The only vision Premier Moe and the Sask Party have concentrated on is trying to keep their rural base together and win one more election. That is all this budget is "On Track" for."
The PC Party continues to review the impact of this budget. The “devil is in the details”, as more details are uncovered, we will be commenting further in the days and weeks ahead.
For more information, Rick Swenson at (306) 631-5461 or Provincial Office at (306) 693-7572.
(Moose Jaw, SK) The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan is formally announcing they will be hosting a leadership convention on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
"After leading the party for over twelve years, I have decided it is time for new leadership to take over and take us to the next level,” said PC Party leader Rick Swenson. “I have notified our party’s executive that I would be resigning as leader immediately following the election of a new leader on November third.”