Question Period
(30 November 2017)

From Hansard - 30 November 2017

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Charges Under Environmental Laws

Ms. Sproule: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to talk a little bit more then about scandals. No matter how many scandals pile up, and no matter how many times the Premier and the rest of the Sask Party have the opportunity to distance themselves from Bill Boyd, they refuse to. The list of his scandals is long, but there’s something about the most recent one that really stands out.

Mr. Speaker, in August Mr. Boyd was charged with breaking laws that fall under the Ministry of the Environment. Mr. Speaker, at the same time, the Sask Water Security Agency, which also falls under the Ministry of the Environment, granted him irrigation permits on the same property.

Mr. Speaker, this doesn’t do much to support the Minister of the Environment’s claims that they take irrigation and illegal drainage seriously. What has the minister done to look into the situation to make sure that the left hand of his ministry is talking to the right hand?

Hon. Mr. Stewart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the member for her question. Four charges were laid against that gentleman under The Environmental Management and Protection Act, the EMPA. The matter is before the courts and will go through the legal process as it would for any other individual, and at this point we can’t comment any farther on it.

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