Government not even trying to recoup costs, taking litigation off the table while SaskPower admits installer training was inadequate.
On another day of silence from the premier and his ministers, SaskPower revealed more concerning details about the response to the multi-million-dollar smart meter fiasco.
NDP Leader Cam Broten says the government has to get its act together and start addressing the smart meter debacle properly, before Saskatchewan people and SaskPower ratepayers are left holding the bag on the $47 million bill to remove the smart meters.
The NDP is demanding that the government’s silence on its smart meter fiasco end after a statement released by SaskPower seemed to indicate the Crown will be paying to fix the $47 million mistake.
“We will work within our budget to correct the issue,” read the SaskPower statement, in part, released late Tuesday.
NDP Leader Cam Broten said Saskatchewan families want to know what that means.
NDP Leader Cam Broten is joining a grassroots movement of Saskatchewan business owners and residents calling on the government to proclaim and promote a monthly Buy Local Day in the province.
“This common sense idea puts Saskatchewan first and promotes economic sustainability in our province,” said Broten. “Even just a small shift in how we support local businesses can have a big ripple effect in our communities and our entire economy.”
Contract questions remain outstanding as manufacturer denies responsibility
Saskatchewan families want to know who will pay for the government’s $47 million smart meter fiasco – and a statement released Saturday by the manufacturer of the meters is denying responsibility.
The NDP says the manufacturer’s statement highlights the need for the contract details to be revealed, and for the investigation into the mess to be independent.
Saskatchewan's NDP wants a truly independent investigation into the government's $47 million failed smart meter program.
Yesterday, the premier said the government's own Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) would investigate what went wrong. CIC is the government’s holding company for Crown corporations.
"This is literally the government saying it will investigate itself,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “It’s ridiculous that the premier calls that an independent investigation – and it appears to be nothing more than a sham meant to distance the premier from this fiasco."
A day after the provincial government announced it will uninstall 105,000 smart meters, the Opposition Leader said Saskatchewan people have a lot of questions, and deserve answers.
The six- to nine-month job removing the new meters comes after at least eight fires were sparked by the meters or their installation during the government's smart meter project – a project it committed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on.
With much of last year's harvest still in the bins, and with new grain transportation rules due Friday, Saskatchewan's NDP is continuing to push for higher transport-volume requirements and stringent regulations that meet the needs of Saskatchewan's producers.
The federal agriculture and transportation ministers have committed to review the mandatory transport-volume requirements and finalize new grain transportation regulations by Aug. 1.
But, the official Opposition is questioning why Saskatchewan’s producers have still not seen a draft of the regulation changes, and why the provincial government hasn’t demanded answers on their behalf.
With no value for money evidence, the government confirmed today it will plow ahead with a plan to use a privatized P3 scheme to bulk-build children’s schools.
“P3s cost more, and they mean delays before building can even begin,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP deputy leader and education critic. “This private rent-a-school approach has been tried in other places – including in Nova Scotia and Alberta – and it has been abandoned in those jurisdictions because it costs more. The government is ignoring evidence, and certainly ignoring good financial sense to plow ahead with its P3 schools scheme.”
Meters recalled after government fails to do due diligence
The NDP says Saskatchewan people should not have to pay a dollar for government’s smart meter debacle – which was finally halted today after at least eight fires were started by the smart meters or their installation.
“This file has been mishandled by government from the beginning,” said Cathy Sproule, NDP critic for SaskPower. “The government entered into a contract with an American corporation worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and bought more than 200,000 of these faulty units from a manufacturer that has a track record of fires. Not only have we already paid for these smart meters to be installed, now someone will have to pay – and families will have to wait – for them to removed from our homes.”