Saskatchewan - In The News
The cost of a new domed stadium in Regina would be $386 million, plus another $45 million for a retractable roof. The provincial government will decide in late spring 2010 whether to proceed. The required contributions from city and federal governments haven't been decided. The hit for taxpayers is discussed at the 5 minute mark, with comments by Colin Craig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Pat Fiacco, Mayor of Regina.
The Saskatchewan Transportation Company, a crown-owned bus company, will require a $9 million subsidy in 2010. Colin Craig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the provincial government should focus on health care and education and leave busing to the private sector. NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon and STC spokesperson Lorri Thacyk also speak.
The City of Regina has plans to build a wave pool and expand or build many facilities in the city. Lee Harding, Saskatchewan Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says it would be better to let the private sector build rinks and swimming pools. If the demand warrants the facilities, they will be profitable.
Incumbent mayor Pat Fiacco did not respond to a Canadian Taxpayers Federation survey of candidates in Regina's 2009 municipal election. CTF Saskatchewan Director Lee Harding says it's another missed opportunity for Fiacco and other candidates to inform the public and give them a reason to vote.