Letter to the Editor: STC shutdown a case of incompetence

How do you define incompetence?

Consider this: Spend over $3 million buying buses and upgrading assets for the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) in 2016, and then shutting it down in 2017.

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That’s right. The Sask Party government authorized spending $605,000 on new buses and $2.4 million on an upgrade to the Regina maintenance facility in the 2016 fiscal year. The year before that, it purchased four full-size passenger coaches and four trailers.

This ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money meets my definition of incompetence. But even more concerning is that government will no doubt sell off the assets from our provincial bus company, the one that has served Saskatchewan rural communities for 70 years, to private businesses at fire-sale prices.

No doubt this is a textbook case of incompetence, but also says a lot about who benefits and who loses at the hands of the Sask Party and this year’s provincial budget.

Sid Wonitowy

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