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Saskatchewan Greens sincerely thank Wall Government for not passing proposed new Surface Rights Act

Monday December 15, 2014

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Green Party is sincerely thanking the Wall Government for not passing its proposed new Surface Rights Act. The legislation was previously expected to be tabled and passed by the Saskatchewan Party government, but didn’t come to pass. Saskatchewan Greens Leader Victor Lau says regardless of the motivation for not approving the new Act at this time, it is the right move. “Farmers, ranchers and other farmland owners clearly had misgivings about the proposed Act, and therefore ramming these changes through the Legislature could have been bad for the people of this province,” says Lau. “But it seems members of this government have had some sober second thought, and done the right thing by respecting the rights of surface rights holders.”

The Sask Green Party wants two key additions to the Surface Rights Act:

• Establish a Rural Landowner’s Advocacy Office to advocate for farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners when negotiating with energy companies over surface rights, and

• Drilling must be a minimum distance away from occupied dwellings, at a distance to be mutually agreed to by the energy company and the people living in the dwelling.

Lau says the government should also continue to work with surface rights holder groups and other stakeholders to ensure that the will of Saskatchewan people prevails in any new Surface Rights Act.

For more information, please contact Victor Lau at (306)737-5345.

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Pat Lorje’s poor-bashing comments highlight need for Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI)

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Regina, Saskatchewan – Recent poor-bashing comments by a Saskatoon City Councillor highlight the need for monumental welfare reform in Saskatchewan. Councillor Pat Lorje recently commented that having a high concentration of services to help with poor people in Saskatoon’s inner city is “not terribly inspirational” and that there should be a cap on the number of ‘service agencies’ that operate in the inner city. Saskatchewan Green Party Leader Victor Lau says attacking the poor is not going to solve poverty. “Nobody chooses to live in poverty,” says Lau. “Therefore attacking those who live in poverty is vindictive and spiteful.” Lau points out that a universal Guaranteed Livable Income for all Saskatchewan citizens would end poverty in the province. The GLI would replace social assistance, would be a right of citizenship of the province, and would not require a means test for eligibility. Lau says a Saskatchewan Green Party government would phase in a universal GLI payment of $1,000 for everyone over a four year period.

For more information, please contact Victor Lau at (306)737-5345.

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