SaskParty Leader Visits West Side

Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 14:11



Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall is wrapping up a short jaunt to the North today in Buffalo Narrows.


He is visiting the northern village after making stops in Beauval and Canoe Lake yesterday.


Wall says, without question, the condition of northern roads was the top issue raised yesterday.


He says while the NDP government likes to talk about northern roads, there’s been very little in the way of action.


Wall also expects he will be hearing about the ongoing impasse between the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan and the provincial government when he visits Metis leaders today.


He says the issue also came up yesterday during his time in Beauval.


Wall says the Saskatchewan Party’s Metis affairs critic has written a letter to Metis Relations Minister Maynard Sonntag, asking what the government’s next move will be regarding the MNS dispute.


Wall says Sonntag has been silent on this issue for too long, and he believes there are things the government could do right now to help the situation.


As an example, Wall says the province could be using the money that normally flows to the MNS to create the central Metis registry everyone has been calling for.


Wall’s northern excursion is viewed by many as an answer to Premier Lorne Calvert’s bus tour to the North earlier this summer.


Last week, Wall visited with leaders and local residents in Red Earth and Shoal Lake.