NDP call for common sense solution to STC route cancellation

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Editor:

STC minister Don McMorris had a chance in his recent letter to the editor to stand up for the people of southwest Saskatchewan and support the continuation of the Eastend-Swift Current-Mossbank bus route. Instead, he delivered more spin and PR to justify the short-sighted decision to cancel the route.

Your NDP MLAs have heard from people in the region and read your letters to the editor. We understand that individuals, businesses and non-profit groups in the area rely on STC and will be hurt by this cut.

Whether it’s one of our grandmas using STC to get to a medical appointment, a producer using STC to ship equipment parts or the Victoria’s Quilts charity sending their gifts to cancer sufferers, the loss of STC will impact people’s quality of life, and their wallets.

There is still time for the SaskParty to agree to a common sense solution to keep STC sustainable in our growing province. Abandoning residents, small businesses and charities should not be an option -- and I encourage the SaskParty government to join the NDP in listening to the people of the region who know the real value of this bus route.

Doyle Vermette - Saskatchewan NDP critic for the STC

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Eastend, Shaunavon Swift Current

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  • Dallas
    May 26, 2013 - 17:02

    The NDP may not be popular in rural Sask, which is a pitty, as some of their infrastructure policy, including affordable public transport, sustainable long term care and better access to education would really benefit a lot of rural Saskatchewan. The Brad Wall government seems to have millions for white elephant projects in Saskatoon, Regina and Swift Current (wonder why?) but seems to be ignoring a lot of the small towns in Saskatchewan. Cutting STC routes, while they have $100 million for an art gallery in Saskatoon (which already has an adequate art gallery down town) is just one more reason the Sask Party doesn't really make sense for a lot of rural folks. But they know you'll vote for them no matter what