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.