Saskatchewan Party says they could have done better by entering into a contract with a private supplier.
"Instead of spending $93 million more on upgrading aircraft, runways and mechanics, this government cold have looked to SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) programs now operating in Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario," says Yogi Huyghebaert, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Wood River."The saskies have an excellent point here.
What was most appalling about this huge expenditure is that the provincial government refused to open it to a public tender. They had a consultant write a report saying that it would be cheaper to do it in-house, but refused to make the report public. I recall one nothern politician commenting on television "it's better to do it this way, because private business are interested in profit."