Letters to the editor – May 31, 2018

Sask Party must restore STC service

Re: The first anniversary of cancellation of STC bus service

One year passed so quickly since the Sask Party destroyed complete bus services for people of Saskatchewan.

In provincial history, not one political party made such blunder as the Sask Party did when it destroyed the bus service to save $26 million for a so-called subsidy to keep buses on road.

The Sask Party passed the so-called savings of $26 million to reduce corporate taxes.

Minister Joe Hargrave must start up bus services for Saskatchewan people.

The Sask Party is strong believer in private sector: it should set an example and practise what it preaches. Get the network of buses back on the road at any cost.

Eric Sagan
Melville, Sask.

Canada must have better transportation

Absence of transportation and the lack of political foresight have reduced Canada’s international marketing ability greatly, and negative financial shortfalls have followed.

Canada is one of the wealthiest countries of the world for resources, but poorly managed with huge deficit financing.

Canadian authorities (mainly in Ottawa) need to establish transportation with adequate sea-port infrastructure to service international markets.

In view of exorbitant taxation and huge national debt, the requirement for northern development and Pacific energy terminal infrastructure is long overdue.

G3 Canada has the assets of the Canadian Wheat Board, including a hopper car fleet , a lake vessel and more. G3 Canada bought a majority of CWB shares but never paid money to government or the agriculture community.

Today, as in past decades, there exists a severe backlog of prairie grain shipments, as result of inadequate transportation facilities. In spite of all the delay reasons, the railroads are totally responsible for terminal delivery of western grain products. The same lame excuses in railway failure have been used and repeated for decades.

As a person who spent 28 years operating country elevators, I experienced multiple backlogs such as plugged, overfilled elevators and shortage of shipping facilities, which were common annual problems.

We must never forget that the railways were granted major concessions, such as valuable real estate and natural resources in exchange for a 22 cents per hundred weight grain haul rate when the Crow’s shipping agreement was established in favour of improved grain shipping service. In later years, the railways divided the transportation industry into many companies, claiming the grain haul was unprofitable, thus the Crow rate was abolished and replaced with increased grain freight rates.

John Seierstad
Tisdale, Sask

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