REGINA, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Unifor is calling on the Sask Party government to disclose why it is in such a hurry to make Bill 40 law, especially given an election promise to keep Crown corporations public.
"On Monday Bill 40 hadn't been studied by a legislative committee. On Thursday it is law. Why the rush?" said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. "Has Brad Wall already agreed to privatize something behind closed doors?"
Timeline of Sask Party deception:
- March 15, 2016 the Premier swore that no amendments would be made to the Crown Corporations Protection Act
- October 26, 2016 the Premier introduced amendments to the Crown Corporations Protection Act (Bill 40).
- April 25, 2017 Bill 40 given abbreviated hearing at committee
- April 26, 2017 Bill 40 forced through legislature
- April 27, 2017 Bill 40 receives accelerated royal assent
"It's one thing to break an election promise, it's another thing to hide why you're doing it," said Warnock. "People in Saskatchewan deserve to be told the truth. What is Brad Wall hiding?"
By Saskatchewan convention, bills normally receive the Lieutenant Governor's signature during one event at the close of each legislative session.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at [email protected] or 778-903-6549 (cell).