The first time in a month that we hear a peep out of Mr. Lingenfelter, and this is what we get:
NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter wants to see the bill before he makes any decisions. He is, however, accusing the premier of playing politics, insisting the government could have avoided the current situation by making a deal with the union at any time in the 21 months they've been without a contract.
"Now in the middle of the flooding he's trying to look like he's saving the day when he could have solved this problem months ago," Lingenfelter insists.
You see, it's obvious that Mr. Lingenfelter has never worked in anything resembling a management position in a company. And this, quite frankly, is reason number 45930 that I never want Mr. Lingenfelter anywhere near the province's tiller or books. To assert that it was just a matter of making a deal with the union shows what he would have done in this situation. He would have caved to their demands. They would have received everything that they wanted, no matter how unreasonable.
Now, factor in that you have a governing party that the unions don't like with their hand on the rudder of the province, and simply making a deal is much easier said than done. Interesting though that the first time we've heard from Mr. Lingenfelter since the session ended would be to obfuscate on whether his party would support a back-to-work bill and then belittle the government's efforts to obtain a fair deal for the taxpayers of Saskatchewan. Makes me wonder whose side he's on.