The official opposition questioned the Sask Party government about winding down STC bus service and laying off more than 200 people today (Thurs) in the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Premier Brad Wall says the decision was difficult but ridership had declined significantly with an over $90 per passenger subsidy, so at some point you have to question what government's core function is and does it include subsidizing a bus company. Wall would rather focus on health care, education and infrastructure. NDP opposition leader Trent Wotherspoon says STC is a life line for rural Saskatchewan and closing the service is a mistake. Seniors, workers and families throughout the province rely on the bus service and package shipping. Wotherspoon says STC supports businesses and farms and helps give access to health care. The province is confident many of the routes that STC covered will be taken over by other privately owned companies. Minister Responsible Joe Hargrave says they have already received an offer from a major bus company to take over some routes that will be cancelled when STC is done and Saskatchewan is the only province that still operates a bus company like STC.