Legislative Report (7 July 2006)
7 July 2006
Opposition Challenges Premier to Drive Worst Highways
The media are calling them the Fearsome Five. The five worst highways the people of Saskatchewan selected for Premier Calvert to travel on, as part of the Official Opposition’s Challenge the Premier Highways Campaign.
More than 200 individuals submitted invitations for the Premier. In all, some 34 separate highways were nominated. This week the Official Opposition Saskatchewan Party challenged the Premier to travel the five highways selected by the public as the some of the worst.
The Premier’s Challenge Route includes Highway 368 from Lake Lenore to St. Brieux; Highway 310 from Ituna to Foam Lake; Highway 22 from Southey to Earl Grey; Highway 13 from Cadillac to Instow; and Highway 32 from Swift Current to Leader.
Saskatchewan Party Highways critic, Randy Weekes said he would personally drive Premier Calvert if that made accepting the invitation easier, but they would have to take the premier’s vehicle due to the condition of these highways. To date, the invitation has not been accepted.
The announcement marked the conclusion of a month-long collection of submissions, photographs and stories from concerned residents all across our province.
The highways on this tour are in areas with significant economic development either in manufacturing or oil and gas development, areas that are cut off from health services because of poor road conditions, areas where basic safety is a concern, and other areas where local tourism is affected. These highways are important to the livelihood and safety of Saskatchewan families, yet the premier is reluctant to travel on them. That has to send a signal to the people of Saskatchewan.
The breakdown of the highways is the culmination of 16 years of NDP neglect and failure to plan ahead. Even now as the highways crumble, the NDP government has not released a long term plan for the province’s infrastructure.
The response to the campaign illustrates the need for the government to conduct an economic assessment of all Saskatchewan’s highways, the need to prioritize a road repair schedule, and the need for a long-term four-year rolling plan for highway repair and construction. All the things the Official Opposition Saskatchewan Party has been calling on this government to implement for some time.
Good highways are fundamental to the economic development and personal safety of Saskatchewan residents. The Official Opposition’s Challenge the Premier Highways Campaign proves the NDP do not understand this.
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