The Progressive Conservative Party is demanding the Wall Government immediately release the list of 36 communities who will have their affordable seniors housing apartments sold.
P.C. Party President, Grant Schmidt, was a Cabinet minister who worked with Bill McKnight, the P.C. Federal minister to have most of these affordable seniors apartments built. The Grayson building was the prototype.
Schmidt said, “These seniors apartments were built 30 years ago and should be paid for. The sale is a cash grab by a desperate Government.”
David Prokopchuk of Saskatoon has accepted the nomination to be the Progressive Conservative candidate for the by-election to be held in the Saskatoon Fairview Constituency.
At the nomination meeting held Thursday evening, Party Leader Rick Swenson said, “The PC Party is pleased that Mr. Prokopchuk has accepted this nomination. David will provide voters in Saskatoon Fairview the opportunity to send the Sask Party government a clear message that enough is enough”. Mr. Swenson went on to say “taxpayers are not happy with the way the Wall government has managed their money and are searching for an alternative. On a number of key issues our Party has been the real opposition, demonstrating that we are the clear alternative to the current government.”
When asked about receiving the nomination Mr. Prokopchuk said, “I am very pleased to accept the nomination. Throughout the riding, constituents are telling me they are not pleased with the status quo, and are looking for a change other than the NDP”.
In conclusion Mr. Prokopchuk stated, “Saskatoon Fairview deserves to have the best representation available to them in the Legislature. I believe that I am that choice. Together we can make a difference, and give the people of Fairview the representation they deserve.”
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PC Party president Grant Schmidt announces that Mr. Stu Esson is leaving his position at the PC provincial office effective August 1, 2017. “I would like to thank Stu for his dedication to the party, executive and the members of our caucus and for his time and effort on behalf of our party. During Stu’s time as executive director we have seen an increase in support for the PC Party across the province and Stu’s hard work helped ensure that the PC Party ran the most candidates in the 2016 election that it has run since the 1995 general election. His hard work on our behalf means that the PC Party will continue to gain momentum, new candidates and new leadership in the years to come. Stu’s last day in the office will be July 31, 2017 and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”
PC Party Leader Rick Swenson echoes Mr. Schmidt’s comments and added “I really appreciated the personal rapport and dedication which Stu put forth on my behalf as leader of the party and keeping our office functioning at a high level during the most hectic days of the last provincial election campaign. Without his efforts I could not have been travelling across the province spreading the PC message.”
The PC Party of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that the time and place for a nomination meeting for the Saskatoon Fairview by-election has been set.
Party President Grant Schmidt states “We have booked the 2nd level Theatre of the Cosmo Civic Centre for a 7:30 pm meeting, Thursday August 3.”
Party Leader Rick Swenson will be speaking at the nomination meeting.
The Cosmo Civic Centre is located at 3130 Laurier Drive in Saskatoon.
Mr. Schmidt concluded “Deadline for nominations is noon, Monday, July 24, so we will know at that time if the nomination will be contested.”
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David Prokopchuk of Saskatoon has announced his intention to seek the nomination to be the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Saskatoon Fairview Constituency by-election. The date for this by-election has not yet been set.
Mr. Prokopchuk runs his own financial services business and has lived in Saskatoon for more than 40 years. David has a degree in political science and economics from the University of Saskatchewan. He worked for Saskatoon Light and Power for 27 years. David is active in the community. He is the chairman of Ukrainian Day in the Park and Provincial President of the Ukrainian Self Reliance Association. He has played an active role in many other community organizations including the Alzheimer’s Society, the Canadian Lung Association and the MS Society. He is a firm believer in the democratic process. In 2004, David was part of a Canadian government-sponsored delegation of observers for the special presidential election in Ukraine to help ensure a democratic process took place. Again in 2012, David was selected as one of 60 long term observers selected from over 1500 applicants. It was the first time Canada had its own long term observation mission.
“The Sask Party government’s announcement of the ten member board of directors for the new Saskatchewan Health Authority shows once again this government has very little respect for the taxpayers of Saskatchewan. Where are the new ideas and where are the new people?” That is the opinion of PC Party Leader Rick Swenson.
“The PC Party campaigned on the elimination of the Health Regions to bring Ministerial accountability back to health care. Instead the Sask Party Government has chosen to put an entity between the Minister and the people of Saskatchewan’s health needs. The Sask Party has once again recycled supporters from other Order in Council appointments to oversee our biggest budget item and most pressing need.”
All ten members of this board were appointed without any input from the public. The Minister announced the names of the board of directors without any background information about their qualifications and experiences which would tell the public why they are suitable to serve on this board and neglected to mention that most are Sask Party donors.”
“If the time comes when things are going sideways in health care, will these people be prepared to stand up to the government and force them to do the right thing? Are these board members prepared to resign if the government refuses to listen to reason, or will they agree to support every whim of this government as previous boards did with the Lean program and John Black and associates blowing our money?”
Swenson concluded, “Saskatchewan’s largest budget item deserves more respect than this appointment process by this Sask Party government and the health of Saskatchewan’s residents deserves ministerial accountability not recycled party friendly board members running political interference for the government.”
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The Wall government’s mismanagement of our economy continues to grow along with the debt and as this budget shows, Mr. Wall really doesn’t know how to fix the problems he has created and has resorted to desperate measures.
PC Party Leader Rick Swenson said, “Their inability to properly forecast resource revenue over the last ten years has meant the Wall government was spending money they did not have. Every year when they found out the money wasn't there to balance the budget, they tried to blame it on slumping commodity prices. Instead of having a long-term vision to value-add our economy, the Sask Party has tried a piece meal solution to fixing the problems and are now making cuts to spending without thinking of the long term effects of those cuts.