Saskatchewan

NDP says revenue-sharing proposal still on the table

New Democratic Party finance critic Trent Wotherspoon says he was mistaken when he told reporters the party would no longer campaign to share resource royalties with First Nations in Saskatchewan.
NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon says resource-revenue sharing will remain a party policy until it is voted otherwise at an NDP convention. (CBC)

New Democratic Party finance critic Trent Wotherspoon says he was mistaken when he told reporters the party would no longer campaign to share resource royalties with First Nations in Saskatchewan.

On Monday, Wotherspoon said the NDP would not push the government to share revenues with First Nations because the idea did not go over well with voters leading up to the Nov. 7 provincial election.

However, on Thursday, Wotherspoon recanted, telling reporters he was wrong to make that statement.

"It stands as policy, it stands as a viable mechanism to bringing about the shared prosperity that the treaties had envisioned," Wotherspoon said.

Wotherspoon said party policies must be debated and changed democratically at NDP conventions.

Former NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter promised to negotiate a resource-revenue sharing agreement with First Nations during the provincial election campaign.

The idea was popular with many First Nation leaders, but didn't appear to impress voters, who re-elected the Saskatchewan Party government by a large majority.

The NDP dropped to nine seats in the provincial legislature from 20.