Thu, 27 Apr 2017
Yesterday I joined many union leaders, activists and Saskatchewan residents at the Legislature in hopes that our government would make the right decision and not pass Bill 40. We filled the gallery in support of our Crown Corporations and keeping them public. Our Crown Corporations were built by the people of Saskatchewan for the people of Saskatchewan. The dividends from the Crown Corporations put money back into our schools, roads, health care and many other programs in our community’s. Our Crowns provide reliable affordable services for the people of Saskatchewan.
We were all dressed in black. What we witnessed was a government that turned their backs once again on the people of Saskatchewan. When the vote began we all turned our backs on the government as they have done to us many times.
The Saskatchewan government passed legislation that will allow sale of up to 49 per cent of the province's Crown Corporations.
Bill 40 creates a legal definition of privatization that allows the partial sale of a Crown without requiring an election or referendum by the people of the province.
Up to 49 per cent of each Crown, such as SGI, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SaskPower, could be up for grabs to private shareholders, without technically being "privatized".
We left with very heavy hearts as we are all mourning the beginning of the end of our Crown Corporations.
I want to thank our Executive, Prairie Council, members and the people of Saskatchewan that attended our Town Halls and Rallies across Saskatchewan. The fight is not over. Now more than ever we all need to stand together and continue to fight our current government every step of the way. I strongly encourage each and every one of you to call, email, visit in person or write your MLA. Tell them that you oppose the sale of any part of our Crown Corporations. No more cutbacks, No roll backs, No to privatization.
Together We Are Stronger!