Liberal Leader gathers support in smaller communities


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October 28, 2014 9:13 AM

Darrin Lamoureux, the Saskatchewan Liberal leader and party candidate in the Nov. 13 byelection, was in Marshall and Pierceland this weekend, shoring up support for the Liberals. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

With his first official visit to the riding, Darrin Lamoureux, the leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party, hit the ground running and got out knocking on doors with party supporters from across the province.

Lamoureux spoke with the Lloydminster Source while canvassing in Marshall, and said that while the Liberals were in favour of a full general election, he and the party are still contesting the riding of Lloydminster to show that the premier is losing support within his own party and should have called a general election.

“Mr. (Brad) Wall likes to talk about good leadership, and when you have 20 per cent of your staff that don’t want to work for you anymore, and want to move to different careers and have lost interest in helping you govern. I would question the leadership capability of Mr. Wall,” he said.

“With that being said, knowing that nine MLAs are still going to be on the payroll for over two years, I think that he is doing Saskatchewan taxpayers an injustice.”

Lamoureux said that what he is hearing in Marshall are the same concerns that people across the province are having.

“I’m hearing that there isn’t enough money to put in the proper roads and the proper infrastructure, something as simple as sidewalks, something as simple as sewer upgrades.

“Because of the development in the communities, the roads are becoming congested because the roads that the communities have designed can’t handle the growth,” he said.

The Liberal leader said that the majority of the talk has been about the need for individual communities.

“This is why, if we were lucky to represent the people of Lloydminster constituency in Regina, we would advocate for a fixed amount of revenue from the provincial government,“he said.

He went on to say that the Liberals would press the government to make a commitment to each and every single RM and municipality to have a fixed amount of revenue based on population.

“This way, municipalities and RMs can bank on that revenue each year and not have to guess on what year they can do certain projects.”

Being the first time the Liberals have run a candidate in the constituency of Lloydminster in over eight years, Lamoureux explained that the NDP haven’t held this government to account and if the voters sent him to Regina, the Liberal Party would hold the Saskatchewan government to account every day.

“The Saskatchewan NDP have had the last three years, allowing the government, who increased revenue by 80 per cent, and not hold the government accountable on where the revenue has gone,” he said. “Now we see the resource sector in the decline, and those funds could have been used to pay off the debts and help balance our books.”

Lamoureux said that the NDP’s priorities have been misplaced in holding the government accountable.

“The NDP are more worried about a $110 phone call that the government made in the spring time talking to someone’s secretary, and not worry about what is actually the core issue, that there has been an 80 per cent increase in revenue which is almost $6 billion that is unaccounted for.”

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