POLITICS

Government 'inconsistent' on legislation encouraging people to shop locally: NDP

05/12/2015 07:18 EDT | Updated 05/12/2016 05:59 EDT
REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition says it's confused by the government's switch of support for a private member's bill that encourages people to shop at small businesses.

The NDP introduced the Buy Local Day Act in November and gained support from Saskatchewan Party members.

NDP Leader Cam Broten asked in question period Tuesday when the bill would be made into law.

Economy Minister Bill Boyd says the government advanced the bill for the sake of debate but wouldn't support it any further.

The government proclaimed the first Saturday of each month as a day to shop locally, and says the first one will take place on June 6.

Boyd says the government had agreed with the bill in principle.

"The approach of having to have everything legislated I just don't think is the right approach," he said.

Broten said the government has been inconsistent, initially mocking the legislation and later voting in support of it at a second reading.

"It's a no brainer," Broten said. "I don't see why this is such a problem for the government members and why they are twisting themselves into a mess here."