Next government must protect crown corporations


Dozens of concerned voters rallied today in Regina to send a clear message to the winner of next month’s provincial election: stop privatizing Saskatchewan’s crown corporations. Unifor Local 1S organized the lunchtime rally because creeping privatization under the Sask Party government is undermining crowns and public services.

“The Sask Party hasn’t listened to voters: people in this province value our crown corporations,” said Dave Kuntz, President of Unifor Local 1S representing workers at SaskTel in Regina.

Participants protested the Sask Party’s long record of privatization, which includes Heritage Gas, Navigata, and DirectWest Canada. Guest speaker Larry Hubich of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour said that the election is a chance to elect a government who will protect and strengthen publicly-controlled crowns corporations.

“Crowns are important for affordability and keeping utility bills down. They generate government revenue and guarantee that good jobs stay in the province,” said Hubich.