In Wascana Park this morning, NDP candidate for Regina Douglas Park Nicole Sarauer promised that a New Democratic Party government would stand up for the people of Regina and put an end to the Sask. Party’s string of scandals in the Queen City.
Joined by fellow Regina NDP candidates Carla Beck and Trent Wotherspoon, Sarauer announced a platform commitment to end commercial development in the province’s urban parks and reverse the Sask. Party’s takeover of the Provincial Capital Commission – which silenced the voices of the Wascana Centre Authority.
“People in Regina are sick of being taken for granted by the Sask. Party and pushed aside for the benefit of Scott Moe’s big corporate donors,” Sarauer said. “In Wascana Park the Sask. Party rammed through a sweetheart deal for its largest donor to build a commercial office building and charge at-market rates while leasing the land for a dollar. An NDP government will fix the Sask. Party’s broken politics and put people first.”
Between 2007 and 2019, the Wascana development’s proponent, Brandt, has donated over $231,371.10 to the Sask. Party.
Sarauer noted there are glaring issues around the Brandt building project highlighted in the Provincial Auditor’s report.
The report noted that the Provincial Capital Commission failed to show how the proposed building is consistent with the park’s master plan, and failed to provide documentation of formal recommendations from an advisory committee approving the project.
“What happened in Wascana Park should never happen to any community in Saskatchewan,” said Sarauer. “A New Democratic Party government will ensure that the Provincial Capital Commission operates independent of government control.”
Sarauer noted that New Democrats have already committed to:
- Call a public inquiry into the Global Transportation Hub and Regina Bypass scandals
- Introduce stronger conflict-of-interest rules for MLAs
- Close the lobbyist registry loophole and require all lobbying to be made public
- End the influence of big money in Saskatchewan politics by banning corporate and union donations and bringing in a cap on individual donations.
“Reginans know that the Sask. Party always puts their friends and insiders ahead of hard-working families,” Sarauer said. “The NDP is committed to earning your trust and putting people first, starting right here in the people’s park in our capital city.”