Three candidates looking to become the next leader of the Saskatchewan Party have made financial-related promises to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).
Ken Cheveldayoff, Scott Moe and Gord Wyant all signed pledges Wednesday morning to the CTF indicating that if either one of them become the party’s next leader and therefore premier, they would commit to balancing the operational budget in 2019, implement a plan to pay down the province’s taxpayer-supported debt by 2022 and not impose any major tax increases.
“It’s unfair and wrong for us to rack up debts and leave them for our kids and grandkids and that means we need to take responsibility for making the tough decisions to balance the budget,” said Todd MacKay, CTF’s Prairie Director.
MacKay said procrastinating on balancing the budget will only leave the province with harder work and tougher decisions, adding Saskatchewan can’t continue to kick the can down the road with deficits.
The pledge serves as an important accountability tool according to MacKay.
“If one of these candidates becomes premier, we look forward to putting up a billboard reading ‘promise kept’ in a few years, but we’ll be ready with one that says ‘broken promise’ if necessary.”