Legislative Report (2 May 2005)
NDP Government Continues To Invest In Losing Ventures2 May 2005
It seems very ironic to say the least, that, in a province where continuing
problems in health care and agriculture are growing worse, the Calvert NDP
government insists on investing public money in failing business ventures
Case in point, Navigata, a telecommunications company in British Columbia. In
2002, the NDP informed the Legislature that this company would start to turn a
profit in 2004. Unfortunately, the government’s investment had its worse year in
2004, losing $16 million more taxpayer dollars on top of the $26 million already
At $42 million, this is now the biggest government-run business disaster in
Saskatchewan’s history, surpassing even Spudco. With the voting public already
expressing their distaste for the federal Liberal Sponsorship scandal, we can
hardly blame them for once again being disillusioned at continuing provincial
NDP financial waste.
Obviously, there are better ways to spend taxpayer dollars on more local
concerns. Clearly the 2004 Navigata losses alone, at more than $1 million per
month, would allow the province to hire more nurses, more police officers, and
fund needed drug addiction beds. When you bring the entire $42 million loss into
the equation, you would certainly have more funds to assist our farming industry
in fully funding the province’s portion of the federal CAIS farm program.
In the final irony, I believe it is very unfair to the people of rural
Saskatchewan, many of whom remain with very poor or no cellular phone service.
Instead of strengthening the cellular network to the safety and benefit of our
own citizens, the NDP decided to invest in a telecom company from B.C. Clearly,
Premier Calvert needs to change his priorities.