There are many government decisions affecting portions of the province that fly under the radar of Saskatchewan people. While citing cost savings, there seems to be a disregard for the consequences of some of these actions, including upcoming changes to Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) routes. Kent Tate from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan took the opportunity to describe his family’s experience with STC and how vital this public service really is for people in rural parts of the province.Tate states, “The STC has a value that can't be measured merely in dollars and cents wh...
The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) announced today that beginning May 18, 2013, rural passengers will have to plan a new way to travel as three STC routes will be cut including: - Blaine Lake – North Battleford; - Regina – Lanigan (via Nokomis and Watrous); and - Eastend – Swift Current/Mossbank. STC is a Crown that provides affordable and reliable transportation services between various Saskatchewan towns and cities. These service cuts come on the same day as the Sask Party announced it will strip $120 million more from Crowns in an attempt to balance their bu...
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...
Recently, the 2011 Crown Corporation Payee Disclosure report was released, detail payments that Crowns have made to Board members, employees, suppliers, and sponsorships, among other things. The Payee Disclosure report has been a traditional tool of accountability and transparency for our Crowns. It also shows the immense reach that Crowns have within Saskatchewan, and one of the reasons that this province is a great place to live and make a living. One of the largest portions of the report is the employee compensation section for each individual Crown. Any employee that earns more than 50,000...
As stated in Murray Mandryk’s column in the Leader-Post earlier this month, ‘Healthy Crowns can’t be privatized,’ it was very obvious how practical it is to maintain healthy Crown Corporations. Although it may be true that some businesses could function effectively in the private sector, it has been proven across Canada that privatization doesn’t benefit consumers over the long term. Consider the state of the electricity in Alberta, where consumers are being forced to pay for infrastructure upgrades, although the system has been deregulated for a decade. Edmonton ...
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...
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