Last week I talked about the recent revelations brought forward by the CBC i-Team on the GTH land scandal. Most people I talked to in Saskatchewan over the last week are outraged by this huge expenditure of taxpayers' dollars which only benefitted a few friends of the Sask Party government.
Last Wednesday, I started my day off by hand-delivering a letter to the RCMP asking them to investigate the identity of the individual who phoned the then GTH Minister Bill Boyd offering the land belonging to an Order of Nuns and the McNally family to the government. I also asked them to investigate some of the cabinet documents which have been made public but seemed out of whack with cabinet procedures. I did this because I believe that the investigation done by the Provincial Auditor was too narrow in scope and had no ability to identify all the players in this evolving scandal. Her audit was not a forensic audit.
This morning PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson, hand delivered a letter to the Commercial Crime Division of the RCMP providing information for further investigation into the Global Transportation Hub Land Deal.
Mr. Swenson stated “The PC Party has been asking for a judicial inquiry from the beginning of this situation. We know the RCMP is actively investigating some aspects of the situation, but we want to bring other aspects to their attention.”
A copy of the letter accompanies this news release.
In light of new evidence coming forward the PC Party of Saskatchewan is renewing its call for a judicial inquiry into the land deal which saw the Global Transportation Hub spend $103,000 per acre for land west of Regina. It is also imperative that a forensic audit of the more than $21 million of taxpayer’s money that was spent on this land deal take place.
After receiving complaints about the Regina Bypass from concerned taxpayers, the PC Party several years ago began tracking down the apparent waste and land speculation that was occurring at the GTH. The PC Party turned over the evidence it had garnered to the CBC in 2015, as the CBC has far more resources to adequately investigate the allegations. The public is well aware that the CBC has been sued by Mr. Boyd and has been stonewalled by the Sask Party government and the GTH management on the questions they have been asking about this land deal.
As hard as the Wall government tries to sweep the GTH land deal under the carpet, it simply won't stay hidden.
Yesterday the CBC i-Team revealed more damning evidence about the mismanagement of taxpayer's money surrounding 204 acres on the west side of Regina. The entire article can be viewed at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/gth-land-deal-bill-boyd-never-heard-of-1.3800855.
At the very beginning of the revelations about the GTH land deal, the PC Party called for a judicial inquiry so that all matters - financial and personal - could be looked at. Long experience told me that going to the Provincial Auditor, for instance, would not get the information necessary to determine who and why this piece of land was so concerning to then-Minister Bill Boyd and the Sask Party cabinet.
Last week I mentioned that we were getting our first taste of winter. Well it seems the first taste turned into the second taste and the third taste. We have had over 4 inches of moisture on our farm in the last two weeks. It's going to take a lot of sunshine and some heat to dry the ground out enough for people to start harvesting again. It may be, in some places, that the ground will have to freeze before combines and swathers and grain hauling can begin again.
Some of you will think it extremely odd that my next comments will be about drought. We do know, however, that in our global economy that adverse weather in other parts of the world can dramatically affect what happens here. Last week, there was a group of climatologists and scientists who got together and released a report on the drought in the southwest United States. Some of these people believe that states like California, Arizona and Nevada could be in a 100-year drought cycle. There is historical evidence to show that this has occurred in the past.
It looks like we just might be getting our first taste of winter later today and into tomorrow. We had our fair share of wind and rain yesterday and through the night so it has definitely put a halt to my fence building project for a couple of days. There is still quite a bit of crop out in this area and a heavy snow fall would be very bad for it so hopefully it will melt as fast as it falls.
In a little over a month from now on November 5th, the PC Party will be holding its annual general meeting and policy discussion at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw. I would personally like to invite all the readers of this commentary to think about dropping by for the day. The registration cost is a modest $40.00 which includes your buffet lunch. Please give Stu a call at the PC office to register and get all the details (306-693-7572).
Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner has recommended in a ruling that the Sask Party government release emails related to the Global Transportation Hub land deals. The PC Party of Saskatchewan is demanding the government release the emails in question immediately.
PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson stated, “If the government has done nothing wrong, as they claim, there is no reason to stop the release of these emails. The only reason not to release them is that they are hiding something from the public.”
Swenson continued, “The provincial auditor has already stated that they have been irresponsible with taxpayer’s money when purchasing the land, so holding the emails to hide government incompetence can’t be the reason.”