A Facebook video post is not the way to announce potential tax changes for the province. That was the comment from NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon who added that any tax reforms to more of a consumption tax as opposed to income tax in the upcoming budget don't change the fact that the government in his opinion isn't taking accountability for the estimated $1.2 billion deficit. He added that the Premier had promised no tax hikes but it seems like that may be the case in this next budget. The Premier responded to Wotherspoon's comment about the Facebook post saying that doing an official province-wide address, which costs money, doesn't fit with the narrative of his message. Finance Minister Kevin Doherty will announce the provincial budget on Wednesday.
The official opposition raised concerns in Question Period on Monday about the carbon capture and storage project near Estevan, in relation to budgetary concerns. Finance Critic Cathy Sproule says the test facility is adding more debt because of a lack of commercial interest. Mitsubishi Hitachi signed on to test the facility for 8-thousand hours but is at or near the end of that commitment and Sproule says she hasn't heard of any other company signing on, which means tax payers could be on the hook SaskPower minister Gordon Wyant says Boundary Dam 3 at Estevan is the cleanest fossil fuel plant in the country. SaskPower is currently in negotiations with various entities to find participants to use the facility and Wyant says he has it on fairly good authority there will be new participants coming on board, so there will be more to report at a later date. (CKRM)