Stop the Cuts is asking Saskatchewan residents to contact their MLAs and MPs to broker a deal.
Saskatoon – June 7, 2017 - With the STC, the Saskatchewan Party could have its cake and eat it too. Stop the Cuts has learned about federal transit funding that has become available that could allow the STC to continue running and for the province to save millions on the budget.
The Federal Government announced 20.1 Billion dollars in transit funding for the next 11 years in this year's budget. Depending on the funding formula used, Saskatchewan is entitled to between $320 Million and $640 Million.
The Saskatchewan Party claims that the STC would require $85 Million in subsidies to operate over the next 5 years. This amount could likely be reduced significantly through finding route efficiencies and increasing ridership through marketing and reduced ticket pricing, but for the sake of argument, let's use their numbers. The minimum Federal transit funding available over the same period would cover the $85 Million and leave an additional $60 Million to invest in urban transit.
Regina-Lewvan Member of Parliament Erin Weir informed Brad Wall of this fact shortly after the budget was announced in April and offered to work alongside the Provincial Government to secure the funding. According to Weir, “Wall responded on May 11 that he would eliminate STC even if federal funding were available to continue its operation.” We find this puzzling given that the Saskatchewan Party has argued over and over that it can't afford the service.
Pursuing this funding and advocating for Saskatchewan to receive its fair share of the billions in federal dollars on the table could easily solve the money problem. We are encouraging politicians at the provincial and federal levels to work together to find a solution before it’s too late.
We are appealing to people across the province to contact their local MLA, Ralph Goodale, and Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau urging them to work out/negotiate a funding deal to stop the selloff of this 70-year-old Crown Corporation to ensure continued safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation in Saskatchewan for years to come.
For more information contact Robert Clipperton at 306-381-9764, Peter Garden 306-280-4113.
Contact your local MLA
Find them using your address here - http://www.elections.sk.ca/voters/gis/
Find them using this list - http://www.elections.sk.ca/voters/find-my-mla/
Key Members of Parliament to Contact
Ralph Goodale – Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana
H of C office Telephone: 613-947-1153
Constituency Telephone: 306-585-2202
Marc Garneau – Minister of Transport
H of C office Telephone: 613-996-7267
Constituency Telephone: 514-283-2013
Carolyn Bennett – Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
H of C office Telephone: 613-995-9666
Constituency Telephone: 416-952-3990
Jane Philpott – Minister of Health
H of C office Telephone: 613-992-3640
Constituency Telephone: 905-640-1125
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