Bill 40 is Brad Wall’s path to selling off Crown Corporations
Premier Brad Wall has made official his intention to break an election promise about the privatization of key Crown corporations.
Tabled October 28, Bill 40 allows nearly half of Saskatchewan’s Crowns to be sold off.
“Bill 40 has one goal: to make it easier to sell off our crown corporations,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Region Director. “Brad Wall does not have a mandate to privatize any fraction of crown corporations.”
The Sask Party has a long record of privatization, which includes Heritage Gas, Navigata, and DirectWest Canada. Over the last two terms, Brad Wall has also privatized portions of SaskTel via contracting out, including Operator Services, Max Television Service Installations, and Satellite High Speed Internet Service.
The share sell-off of the Manitoba Telephone Service (MTS) in the 1990s was a disaster for Manitobans. Compared to Saskatchewan, Manitobans pay higher phone bills today and the Manitoba government received less than 0.08% of the revenue that SaskTel generates for Saskatchewan over the last decade.
Bill 40 just received royal assent—what is Brad Wall up to?
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Unifor is calling on the Sask Party government to disclose why it is in such a hurry to make Bill 40 law, especially given an election promise to keep Crown corporations public.
“On Monday Bill 40 hadn’t been studied by a legislative committee. On Thursday it is law. Why the rush?”
-Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director
“Has Brad Wall already agreed to privatize something behind closed doors?”
Timeline of Sask Party deception:
- March 15, 2016 the Premier swore that no amendments would be made to the Crown Corporations Protection Act
- October 26, 2016 the Premier introduced amendments to the Crown Corporations Protection Act (Bill 40).
- April 25, 2017 Bill 40 given abbreviated hearing at committee
- April 26, 2017 Bill 40 forced through legislature
- April 27, 2017 Bill 40 receives accelerated royal assent
“It’s one thing to break an election promise, it’s another thing to hide why you’re doing it,” said Warnock. “People in Saskatchewan deserve to be told the truth. What is Brad Wall hiding?”
By Saskatchewan convention, bills normally receive the Lieutenant Governor’s signature during one event at the close of each legislative session.