Nine of Saskatoon's thirteen MLAs voted on Tuesday to cut funding for the Meewasin Valley Authority.
All nine are Sask Party members while the four that voted against are NDP MLAs. The Meewasin Valley Authority Amendment Act was passed in the Saskatchewan legislature which means the government and the University of Saskatchewan are no longer required to provide annual funding and therefore yearly funding is unpredictable. The City of Saskatoon also provides funding for the MVA. Because of reduced funding this year, the MVA had to cut a number of programs and services, including the parking lots at Paradise Beach and the Fred Heal and Poplar Bluffs river access sites south of Saskatoon, which means needing to find alternatives to access the sites other than the parking lots.