Saskatchewan in Urgent Need of Solution to Transportation Crisis

After two years of urging the Liberal government to step up for the people of Saskatchewan, the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has finally acknowledged that the province’s inter-city transportation needs are urgent.

SASKATOON – After two years of urging the Liberal government to step up for the people of Saskatchewan, the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has finally acknowledged that the province’s inter-city transportation needs are urgent.

While claiming the public transportation crisis is concerning and “more important than partisan politics,” Minister Garneau has refused to work across party-lines to develop a made-in-Saskatchewan solution.

“Since the provincial government shut down the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) in 2017, I’ve been asking the federal government to step up to protect vulnerable communities in my province,” said NDP MP Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West). “Finally, the government has acknowledged the urgency of the situation, but why did they make their offer conditional on provincial contributions when the provincial government has made it clear that people are not the priority?” 

Since the closure of STC, Benson has demanded an urgent federal response nine times from the Liberals in the House of Commons, written letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet and participated in a consultation on Western Canada’s transportation crisis. The 10 Conservative MPs representing Saskatchewan have been silent on the issue.

“The federal government needs to work with the people of Saskatchewan to come up with a real solution to our transportation crisis. We must not let the history of BC’s Highway of Tears repeat itself in our province”.