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Member Statement
(15 March 2018)

From Hansard - 15 March 2018

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Opposition’s Platform

Ms. Heppner: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The new Leader of the Opposition is only a few days into his first session and it’s already become clear that the NDP [New Democratic Party] continue to live in denial. You don’t have to look any further than his two and a half billion dollar per year platform, a platform that their party has clearly endorsed by electing him leader. With no realistic way of paying for his promises, this will be the return of the big orange credit card, unless of course the NDP carbon tax is big enough to cover this incredible amount of spending.

Speaking of carbon, Mr. Speaker, we watched the member for Saskatoon Nutana cherry-pick stats to drive an incorrect narrative about carbon capture this week. Two million tonnes of carbon captured at BD3 [Boundary dam 3]. That’s not shuffling money. That’s not taxation. That’s actual carbon reduction, Mr. Speaker. And it doesn’t stop there.

Mr. Speaker, some members are in denial more than others. The member from Regina Lakeview said on Tuesday about P3s, and I quote, “. . . this is a failed model that has failed in every other place on the planet.” Well here’s a reality check for the members opposite. From Columbia to Ontario, Australia to Alberta, Germany to Albania, Bangladesh to Mexico, P3s are being used and, Mr. Speaker, the last time I checked all of those places actually exist on this planet.

When we can save Saskatchewan taxpayers money by using P3s, we absolutely will. Mr. Speaker, the choice between our two parties is very clear. While our focus is on saving taxpayers money, the NDP’s focus continues on spending it.

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