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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.

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.”

A new school year is about to begin and the Sask Party government is clawing back more money from the school divisions and health regions.

PC Party Leader Rick Swenson said “In June, the Government reneged on their agreement to cover the full amount of the salary increase for teachers, and instead will only pay half. Now, money amounting to $2.18 million from the Workers’ Compensation Board surplus that was earmarked for school divisions is going to result in an equivalent decrease from their operating grants. That adds up to $11.8 million dollars taken away from our students, who are the future of this province.”

“Ministers Boyd, Heppner and McMorris may be gone, but taxpayers are still on the hook for more than $2 billion because of their poor decision making on the GTH and the South Regina Bypass. When you add in other cabinet mistakes Mr. Wall had no choice but to go looking for new faces. Hopefully the new Minister for the GTH, Mr. Harrison, will release information the public has been asking for, like who was the special advisor in negotiating with third parties on behalf of Bill Boyd.” said PC Party Leader Rick Swenson.

“The PC Party of Saskatchewan would like to congratulate the new ministers on their appointments to the cabinet and hope they will be more in touch with the taxpayers and the users of government services in Saskatchewan. Many of the former ministers they are replacing obviously were dropping the ball in portfolios such as Social Services, the Environment, highways and educating our youth.”

Health Minister Dustin Duncan’s announcement of a three person panel to review the current Regional Health Authority structure will not lead to any transformational change. That is opinion of PC Party Leader Rick Swenson.

“This panel is an example of government micromanagement by the Premier’s office highlighted by the appointment of the former chair of the Premier’s own health region to the panel. In fact, two thirds of the panel members are Sask Party appointees to Health Regions and the third has been appointed by the Sask Party government in other areas of health care. I think it will be very difficult for this panel to stray very far from whatever direction the government wants to go.” said Swenson. “Why not put some people from the front line on this panel? They are the ones who know what changes are needed and what health care was like before the NDP imposed the health regions.”

Cabinet Minister Bill Boyd has announced he is stepping down from cabinet before the expected cabinet shuffle later this month. “Before he steps down, Mr. Boyd should provide some answers to the taxpayers of Saskatchewan.” That is the opinion of PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson.

“With all the questionable dealings Mr. Boyd has been involved with, the taxpayers of Saskatchewan deserve some answers. I am sure the taxpayers would like to know who was the special advisor, identified in the Auditor’s Report, who negotiated the Global Transportation Hub deal with the land speculators. The residents of Saskatchewan deserve to know exactly what kind of deal Mr. Boyd negotiated with Yancoal when he travelled to China in 2014.”

“There are many questions that remain unanswered about the Carbon Capture boondoggle and the Smart metre Fiasco. Perhaps now that Minister Boyd is stepping down he would like to answer them.”

“If Mr. Boyd is not willing to step forward and answer to the people of Saskatchewan, then the Premier should be responsible to answer for the mismanaged affairs of his minister.”

“The Sask Party government mismanaged the boom, and is now desperately searching for ways to claw back some of the money they have wasted. The taxpayers deserve to know what happened to the billions of dollars lost under the not-so-watchful eye of Minister Boyd.”

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