(29 March 2018)
From Hansard - 29 March 2018
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Checking Opposition Statements
Ms. Heppner: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’ve spent the last couple of days doing some fact checking because on Monday the member for P.A. [Prince Albert] Northcote made some interesting statements when speaking to Bill 99.
She stated that Justice now has increased costs because STC had been used for prisoner transport and now Justice is paying overtime for staff to do it. The fact is, Mr. Speaker, STC has never been used for prisoner transport; it has, is, and was handled by the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and deputy sheriffs.
She said there are delays in getting hospital linens because they’re now coming from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Mr. Speaker, laundry is done in Regina and done by Saskatchewan employees.
She said about transporting chemo medicine on STC, and I quote, they had specialized individuals that could do that. Now they need specialized people and it will be all privatized. And the costs, I’m not sure what that’ll look like. End quote.
The fact is, Mr. Speaker, STC was used for only the last nine months for medicine transport. Before that, and as far back as under the NDP [New Democratic Party], it was private charters, and Health didn’t train any specialized people to do that. Mr. Speaker, stellar research. And speaking of research, we saw just this week, Mr. Speaker, that the NDP have put out a province-wide mailout with Saskatchewan spelled incorrectly.
So also on Monday, Mr. Speaker, she suggested that we were planning on selling this building. I would suggest if we do anything in this building, we lease out the NDP caucus research office because it’s not being used.
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