The Council of Canadians Regina chapter at a 'Save Our Crowns' rally at the Legislature last Spring. Photo by Gail Shin.
The Council of Canadians Regina, Prince Albert, Quill Plains (Wynyard) and Saskatoon chapters all oppose Bill 40.
The privatization bill was passed by Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party majority in the Legislature on April 26 and received Royal Assent on April 27.
The bill allowed the government to sell up to 49 per cent of a Crown corporation – such as SaskTel and SaskPower – without holding a provincial referendum. The legislation followed a World Bank definition of privatization in which nearly half of a public entity could be owned by private shareholders without technically being privatized.
Now, six months later, the Canadian Press reports, "Saskatchewan’s premier says the government will repeal [Bill 40]. Brad Wall says in a post on Facebook that there won’t be any change to the ownership structure of Crown corporations."