August 10, 2017
REGINA— Right-wing Premier Brad Wall’s resignation won’t halt the Sask Party government’s reckless privatization and threats to the integrity of Crown corporations, says Unifor.
“Since the 2016 provincial election, Sask Party cabinet ministers have been sneaking around trying to sell off Crown corporations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Brad Wall lied in the election and there’s no reason to believe that the rest of his caucus will honour their election promise to keep Saskatchewan’s Crowns public.”
On April 26, 2016 the Sask Party told the CBC in writing that no Crown corporations covered under The Crown Corporations Act would be privatized, but shortly after amended that legislation with Bill 40 to enable unprecedented Crown privatization. Earlier this summer Minister Dustin Duncan confirmed that backroom talks are underway to privatize Sasktel.
“It took generations to build high quality Crown corporations, and only ten years for Brad Wall to undermine and privatize,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor’s Western Regional Director. “The Sask Party promised to stop Crown privatization and they must keep that promise, with or without Brad Wall.”
Among other sectors, Unifor represents thousands of Crown corporation workers at SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, and SaskWater.
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).