With less than two weeks to go before election day, Brad Wall has made a new move to bury the facts about the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) land scandal.
In a new development in the scandal, the Sask. Party has denied a freedom of information request to access a property assessment at the heart of the reeking deal – leading NDP Leader Cam Broten to ask: what is Wall hiding?
“Mr. Wall told us that he was perfectly comfortable with his order to pay $21 million for a plot of land worth just a fraction of that,” said Broten. “This document was the straw he’s been grasping at in his attempted defense of his wasteful, sketchy land deal – and he’s refusing to show it to anyone.
“If that document wasn’t devastating to his case, he’d release it.” The excuse the denial letter cites is “section 18(d)” of the Freedom of Information Act. No such section of the act exists.
Wall personally signed an order to pay three times the appraised value for the plot of land owned by businessmen who allegedly have ties to the Sask. Party. The appraisal he’s hiding is one he claimed would show a different value.
“The Sask. Party is desperately trying to cover up the facts of this case until election day , but the stench from this deal is covering the province,” said Broten. “If Mr. Wall doesn’t trust Saskatchewan people with the truth, how can he demand they trust him with their vote?”
The provincial auditor is already investigating the scandal, saying that it doesn’t appear to be a normal transaction. A former Sask. Party MLA has filed a criminal complaint. Several stakeholders, including the NDP, have called for a judicial inquiry.