This letter is in response to the recent announcement of the cancellation of the three STC bus routes in our province. The minister responsible stated that STC’s budget has increased to $10 million dollars in 2013 from $1.6 million in 2003.
We do not dispute this estimate; however hasn’t our revenue from our resource sector not increased enough in the last 10 years to cover this deficit? The royalties from our resources should be put to use for the benefit of our Saskatchewan residents. The $300,000 savings by eliminating these three bus routes will have a huge negative impact on all the communities involved. In addition, STC provides a reliable freight service to many communities off the main line.
As well, many of the few residents that use STC are those that can no longer drive due to their age, or have medical conditions. Some of these have families in larger centres and some are those in need of medical services provided by a physician. As there is either a shortage of or no doctor in these rural areas, this is their only means of transportation.
Surely a government that is willing to spend millions of dollars to help finance a football stadium in Regina has the financial resources to subsidize the valuable service STC profides to the rural Saskatchewan communities.
We hope you take this letter seriously and do the right thing by cancelling these proposed bus route changes.
Lawrence Pommier, Shaunavon