NDP continue pushing Sask. government to look into Viterra bids
The NDP continues to hound the Saskatchewan government over the takeover talk centering on Viterra.
Interim opposition leader John Nilson went at the premier in Question Period. He saying Brad Wall’s putting ideology in front of the good of farmers by not taking a closer look at the rumored bids.
“Why is he dragging his feet? Why is he not assessing the effects of the sale of Viterra to a foreign company and what those effects will be on Saskatchewan? What’s he waiting for?” said Nilson.
Brad Wall is insistent he can't take a closer look at something that doesn't exist.
“Mr. Speaker, we’re waiting for an actual takeover bid. That’s what we’re waiting for. That was exactly what we waited for in the case of PotashCorp,” said Wall.
He insists he'll keep following the advice he got from former premiers in 2010 during the PotashCorp takeover.
Wall says rumours are one thing, but he'll wait for a tangible offer from a company to be filed before any action is taken.
Nilson adds that interest in the company has only come about because of the dissolution of the Wheat Board's monopoly -- something Wall's party supported. He's concerned that decision will only lead to damage the province's economy.
"The premier and his colleagues have allowed their ideology to override their common sense," said Nilson.