Trustworthy numbers needed in Saskatchewan budget

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Editor:

It’s budget time in our province and let me be clear, for the official Opposition and Saskatchewan people, nothing short of books you can trust will be acceptable.

We all know the poor track record of this government when it comes to its bookkeeping. This government was the first government in all of Saskatchewan’s history to fail an audit. In fact, it was the first government in all of Canada to fail an audit, and it failed because of a new accounting scheme created by this government that hides debt and artificially lowers expenditures.

I put forward motions calling on the government to rectify the failed audit to ensure that our province’s finances are prepared and presented in a manner that is deemed honest, reliable and trustworthy by the independent Provincial Auditor. Shamefully, the government stubbornly shot those motions down.

Saskatchewan families deserve better. They deserve nothing short of the truth, and honest books they can trust and count on. That’s what we’ll keep pushing for.

Trent Wotherspoon - NDP Deputy Leader and Finance Critic

Organizations: Saskatchewan NDP

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Skeptic
    March 21, 2014 - 20:27

    Odd the SaskParty is calling for a small surplus having finally switched to a summary financial statement, as Hensel is right, they've only run one summary surplus in nearing two terms. If the SaskParty actually meets predictions, this will be their second largest surplus ever, since only one other to compete with.

  • Hensel
    March 17, 2014 - 22:13

    I remember last year, when the Sask Party threatened to cut funding to the Provincial Auditor's office for pointing out the Sask Party was continuing to run big deficits but hide them as phoney surpluses. When the media finally called the Sask Party on their threats, their excuse? Most Sask Party MLA's didn't know what the provincial auditor actually did... I think it may have actually been Wotherspoon who was the only MLA on that panel who did know what the auditor did. He may not be likeable, but how can you disagree with Trent Wotherspoon and the provincial NDP asking for the Sask Party to report their deficits, using standard accounting practices, followed by all other provinces, and suggested by their own auditor (the new one, after the last one they muscled out moved to Ontario...)

  • Hensel
    March 17, 2014 - 22:08

    The Sask Party has only ran one true surplus, its first year in office, a budget it largely inherited from the NDP bogeymen. They have run "summary" deficit EVERY year since then. The Saskatchewan Provincial Auditor has pointed out the Sask Party and Brad Wall have run a deficit every year since, most recently $500 million in deficit last year I believe, if they used the same accounting standards as ALL the other Canadian provinces. Wotherspoon may not be the most likeable guy at all times, but he's right. And the NDP leader Cam Broten is a more likeable guy. Self made man who put himself through college and grad school, working his way up doing manual labor. Sooner or later the public of Saskatchewan will get fed up with Brad Wall taking credit for PCS's success (or Mosaic's) and STILL running deficits, despite being in power during a resource boom. It's time for Brad Wall to stop the lies, own up to actual deficits, and time for the MEDIA (ie the South West Booster) to ignore the Sask Party budgets... and just start reporting the same "deficit" the province's own "auditor" does!