Bus service protesters

About a dozen people from southwest Saskatchewan were at the legislature Wednesday to protest a route cut by Crown-owned STC.

Service cuts at the Saskatchewan Transportation Company brought a dozen protesters from the Shaunavon area to the legislature Wednesday.

STC is scrapping three of its bus lines, including one in the southwest.

The government says just a few people ride that route and it can't afford to keep it open.

One of the protesters, Lawrence Pommier, said it isn't just about the money.

"I look at it as a compassionate matter, too," he said. "There's people in there that require medical services that have to travel to Regina. Maybe it'll be in the winter time when it's 30 below and the snow is blowing and they have no other means to go."

People with the government say these are tough decisions, but the province already pays $10 million a year to subsidize STC's operations.

"I appreciate that they're going to lobby hard for services that are in their community and I think we'd expect that, probably from every community," the minister responsible for STC, Don McMorris, said. 

"It's a difficult decision. I've said that many times before."