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During the PC Party of Saskatchewan's Annual General Meeting today, Rick Swenson announced that he has asked the President and Executive of the Party to call a leadership convention prior to the next Saskatchewan general election.

"I have been Leader of the PC Party of Saskatchewan for more than 10 years and have decided it is time for me to step down and let new leadership take the PC Party to the next level. The political landscape of Saskatchewan is changing on a daily basis and with new leadership occurring with most or all of Saskatchewan's other political parties, it is imperative that the PC Party be part of this political renewal. I have had the privilege of serving the PC Party in various positions most of my adult life. I do not intend to stop serving the PC Party of Saskatchewan. It will be simply in a different role", added Swenson.

 

The PC Party of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce they will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and policy meeting at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw, SK, Saturday November 5, 2016.

PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson stated, “We are looking forward to members from across the province attending, and we are looking forward to a successful AGM. In addition to the AGM we will be holding policy discussions in preparation for the 2020 election.”

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.”

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