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The PC Party of Saskatchewan is calling for the immediate of release of the appraisal at the centre of GTH land scandal.

“After reading the content of an email between former Minister of the Economy, Bill Boyd, Deputy Minister, Laurie Pushor and the Premier’s Chief of Staff, Joe Donlevy, everyone in the province, especially the five individuals who are now seeking the Premier’s chair, should be disturbed by the creative accounting used to waste millions of taxpayer dollars at the GTH”, said PC Party Leader Rick Swenson.

Mr. Swenson went on to say, “For months the Sask Party Government has been saying that the plan to hugely overpay for GTH land was based on an appraisal that the seller had presented. It is now clear, that the appraisal was used to justify a price that had been already determined, a process that even the Canadian Taxpayer Federation called a “cart before the horse problem” and something that Premier Wall would have been fully aware of. In the email released yesterday, the players involved even admit that the appraisal would likely see “push back” for the methodologies used, making the appraisal’s release even more critical”.

In conclusion Mr. Swenson said “yesterday, former Justice Minister Wyant said that, if he became Premier, he would call for a full inquiry into the GTH land scandal. Why wait? I challenge Mr. Wyant and other Sask Party Leadership candidates to demand that Premier Wall and Justice Minister Morgan initiate an immediate judicial inquiry into the GTH, one with the power to subpoena all records, including the appraisal in question.

Public Trust is critical for any government and in the case of the GTH land scandal, that trust has been broken. An out of province lead, judicial inquiry would be a positive first step in restoring that trust and begin the process of renewal that the Premier is calling for”.

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For more information call Rick Swenson at (306) 631-5461