Premier Brad Wall has been on the phone with the prime minister asking to get money flowing to Saskatchewan.
Wall told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he is looking not only for infrastructure money to keep the province moving, but also dollars to get people in the oil sector back to work.
He is looking for $156 million from Ottawa for oil companies to put unemployed workers back to work cleaning up de-commissioned oil wells.
Earlier on Tuesday the NDP criticized the plan, saying that oil companies should be responsible for cleaning up the sites. The opposition argued federal stimulus money should be spread across the province and not focused on the energy sector alone.
Wall contends this request is in addition to the infrastructure dollars yet to flow to Saskatchewan through the Building Canada fund offered by the previous federal government.
“We hope to get some additional infrastructure support, and yes, this particular initiative for oil well clean-up is in addition to that.”
Wall doesn’t expect any money to flow until the federal budget is released next month.
The two also talked about La Loche and how the community and teachers are dealing with the aftermath of the mass shooting there.