Candidates react to resource revenue sharing
Sask Party Leader and Premier Brad Wall was quick to react to the question of resource revenue sharing on Thursday, insisting that his party believes the natural resouce revenue belongs to everyone in the province.
"We fundamentally reject the notion of a special natural resource revenue sharing deal for First Nations or any other group in the province."
He said it's how the government pays for everything from roads to school and health care.
"That's how we keep schools open," said Wall, who assured that this isn't the first time the idea has been raised.
When Perry Bellegarde was leader of the FSIN he argued that if the aborginal population is 14 per cent of the province, they should receive 14 percent of the resource revenue.
The issue was also brought to the table by Guy Lonechild.
Brad Wall maintained on Thursday that this policy change would cost the province $396 million per year.
NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter said it would be wrong to speculate on the cost of this kind of revenue-sharing agreement.
He has pledged to sit down to negotiate a deal, though he predicts it will be a complex and lengthy process.
Lingenfelter maintains it's not simply a case of throwing money at the problem.
"It is an admission that the amount of money we're spending per child on First Nations communities for chilren there, is less than it is in the community of Regina."
The opposition leader said the turn around at First Nations University showed that rather than give up, it's better to work to fix problems.
Click here for a full account of Saskatchewan's natural resource revenue.
With files from News Talk Radio's Patrick Book and Natalie Geddes.
Candidate photos by News Talk Radio's Patrick Book and Sarah Mills.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Jared Knoll.