Saskatchewan is a public of working people with a strong foundation of Crown Corporations. From Stony Rapids to Estevan, and everywhere in between, Crowns work for us every single day; our families, our friends, our neighbours. Our Crowns embrace our social responsibility by developing a diverse workforce, supporting our communities financially and through volunteerism and investing in Saskatchewan’s future and environment. When Crowns generate revenue it is returned to each and every one of us. We see this in our schools, our roads, our hospitals, and many other areas. When the go...
After the government's decision to ax the film employment tax credit in the most recent provincial budget, the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA) is asking for support from the public.SMPIA’s President, Ron Goetz is asking for your voice to be heard by the government about “how the film industry has positively affected the lives of Saskatchewan people from the student getting a film degree at the University of Regina to the many, many everyday Saskatchewan people who understand the importance of jobs, investment, promotion, culture and creative expression.&rdq...
Two years ago, almost to the day, the Sask Party government announced the privatization of the Saskatchewan Communication Network (SCN) – the first entire Crown Corporation that they would put on the chopping block.There was a tremendous outcry from the Saskatchewan television and film industry about the pending sale. At that point, SCN could be seen be seen in 90% of Saskatchewan households as well as attracting audiences throughout Canada. The Crown had a commitment to the province, ensuring nearly 70 per cent of the 2009 broadcasting budget stayed in the province to support local prod...
The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) has been serving the people of Saskatchewan for over sixty years. Currently the STC provides passenger transportation and parcel express services to nearly three hundred communities in Saskatchewan. Aside from their three main terminals in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert, STC also has nearly 200 rural agencies across this great province.Questioning whether transportation and parcel services should be in the hands of the private sector, rather than a publicly-owned Crown is not a new discussion. Our Crown corporations were designed and cu...
Yesterday, Rogers Media Inc. announced that they would be acquiring Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) and launch Citytv Saskatchewan. The deal is pending approval from the CRTC, with a decision expected in Spring 2012, according to SCN.This announcement comes on the heels of the affiliate agreement between Rogers and SCN that was signed in December 2011.According to the Financial Post, in 2007, Rogers paid $375-million in cash to buy five Citytv stations from CTV, then known as CTVglobemedia. They also report that SCN was previously owned by Bluepoint Investment Corp., a Toronto-based ...
Today is Saskatchewan, Crown Corporations are being sold off, contracted out, deregulated and dismantled slowly by the Brad Wall government. As the people of the province, we are being lied to about the future of the very organizations that we have built from the ground up. Today in Saskatchewan when the government says they have not sold off any Crown Corporations, ask them about the Saskatchewan Communications Network. A Crown that was valued at nearly $4 million and was attributed to attracting millions of dollars a year for the television film industry in Saskatchewan – SOLD f...
It is clear that the people of Saskatchewan are being deceived. Our current government has made many claims regarding the future of Crown Corporations in Saskatchewan. One of which was a statement from our current Premier stating “Crowns are not going to be privatized and (subsidiaries) are not going to be wound down.” Our current government`s actions have been nothing but contrary to this statement.Merriam Webster defines the word privatize as the process “to make private; especially to change (as a business or industry) from public to private control or ownership.&rdq...
The Saskatchewan Party Government officially wound down our broadcast Crown Corporation, as more proof of its commitment to destroy the Crowns despite assurances it will not.Following the release of the 2010 provincial budget in Saskatchewan, the government announced their plan to sell off Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN). At that point, the broadcaster could be seen be seen in 90% of Saskatchewan households as well as attracting audiences throughout Canada.Once the sale was announced, the government stated, “Outstanding contracts with film producers will be brought to a conclus...
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