05/01/2017 16:34 EDT | Updated 05/04/2017 15:25 EDT

Premier Wall says law means government will have majority ownership of utilities

REGINA — The NDP is raising concerns about the partial selloff of Crown utilities such as SaskTel.

Opposition NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon accused the Saskatchewan Party government of rushing through a bill to allow the sale of up to 49 per cent of Crown agencies to private interests.

But Premier Brad Wall says the legislation guarantees the government will always retain majority ownership of the utilities.

So far, he says there are no deals.

If and when there are offers, Wall says they will be released to the public.

Wotherspoon has called it a betrayal of the people of Saskatchewan.

Last year, the Wall government announced legislation allowing the privatization of dozens of government-owned liquor stores by removing the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority from the list of Crown corporations subject to the Public Ownership Act.

(CKRM, The Canadian Press)