Author: 800 CHAB NEWS

Statistics Canada reports that Saskatchewan's population continues to fall. We lost 1,950 more people in the first quarter of 2006.

Saskatchewan Party Finance Critic Ken Cheveldayoff says our population has now dropped below 990,000 for the first time since July of 1982. "We haven't seen population numbers like this since the Alan Blakney days of the late 70's early 80's. Its an embarrassment and the Calvert Government after 15 years in power have to be called on the carpet for it and have to be asked why we don't have a growth agenda in this province."

Cheveldayoff says at the same time a public accounts report shows that we have 1.2 billion dollars more in revenues than was estimated in the budget. With these revenues, Cheveldayoff says the NDP government should at least live up to their promise in the last election campaign to reduce the PST.