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David Prokopchuk of Saskatoon has accepted the nomination to be the Progressive Conservative candidate for the by-election to be held in the Saskatoon Meewasin Constituency.

Party Leader Rick Swenson said, “The PC Party is pleased to announce that Mr. Prokopchuk has accepted this nomination. David will provide voters in Saskatoon Meewasin the opportunity to send the Sask Party government a message that taxpayers are not happy with the way the government has managed their money. We also want to show voters of this province there is an alternative to voting for the Sask Party and the NDP. The PC Party of Saskatchewan can be that alternative.”

David Prokopchuk of Saskatoon has announced his intention to seek the nomination as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Saskatoon Meewasin Constituency by-election. The date for this by-election has not been set yet.

Mr. Prokopchuk runs his own financial services business and has lived in Saskatoon for more than 40 years. He also worked for Saskatoon Light and Power for 27 years. David has a degree in political science and economics from the University of Saskatchewan. He 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.

“Teachers, nurses and others in the public service are in danger of having their wages cut or possibly even having positions cut due to the many mistakes by the Sask Party government.” That is the opinion of PC Party leader, Rick Swenson.

“The Premier and his Sask Party government have spent $1.5 billion on a carbon capture system that doesn’t come close to eliminating the amount of carbon they said it would. In addition, they have paid Cenovus, a Calgary oil company and major Sask Party Donor, nearly $20 million in contract penalties for not providing enough carbon dioxide.”

“If the Sask Party government would have taken the PC Party’s suggestion of having the Regina bypass follow a northern route and save $1 billion dollars, we wouldn’t be having the Premier hinting that there will be layoffs and wage roll backs in the public service.” Those are the sentiments of PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson.

“Originally the cost of the bypass was estimated at $400 million. Since then, the cost has quintupled to $2 billion. Before the election, we offered a solution to the bypass that would have saved $1 billion and taken more large trucks off Victoria Avenue East. Instead, the Sask Party chose to cater to their political friends and now taxpayers will have to carry the burden of all this extra debt for 30 years to come.”

PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson, is very pleased that the PC Party election platform on abolishing the regional health authorities has been recommended to the government by its special committee and adopted by the Sask Party government. “The consolidation to one Provincial Health Authority and the corresponding accountability to the Legislative Assembly is a tremendous step in the right direction” said Swenson.

“Hopefully the Sask Party government will move on the recommendations in an expedient manner. The PC Party wants the government to define how the Health Quality Council will remain strong and independent of government and hopes that the government will look at the PC Policy of establishing elected patient advisory committees at the community level.”

Through mismanagement and incompetence, the provincial government has allowed the deficit to balloon from an estimated $434 million in the June budget to over $1 billion. This is money Saskatchewan taxpayers and families will have to carry the burden of paying for decades.

The PC Party of Saskatchewan is demanding the Sask Party government release the names of the members who sat on Cabinet’s Land Purchase Committee during the time of the land deal in question regarding the Global Transportation Hub (GTH).

PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson says “This committee was formed after the first sale to the mystery caller fell through, and was put in place to ensure due diligence for future land purchases. If there was due diligence, how could the committee allow the GTH to pay even more for the land than would have been paid in the botched attempt. I think the taxpayers of Saskatchewan have the right to know which members of the cabinet served on this committee and allowed the government to waste millions of taxpayers’ dollars.”

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