Regina wastewater treatment plant referendum

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Regina wastewater treatment plant referendum

Regina needs a new wastewater treatment plant. In order to get federal funding ($58m) the City had to agree to build the plant using a Public-Private-Partnership. They did. A private sector-company is slated to borrow the funds to finance a new treatment plant along with the city and federal (maybe provincial, too) government. To pay the company back for its share of the financing the city will pay it (we don't know how much, its confidential) to operate and maintain the city-owned facility for 30 years.

Taking advantage of Saskatchewan's referndum laws a union-back group called Regina Water Watch ( started collecting signatures from people opposing the P3 deal. Once it became clear the group would easily get the required number of signatures (10% population measured in most recent census which was 193,010) the City tried to get the Minister of Local Government to increase the threashold by to 10% of the number of health cards in the city - 207,500, but he declined. It didn't matter because RWW got over 24,000 signatures. However, the City Clerk then had to vett those numbers. Thousands of signatures were declared invald because they did not have the year (2013) even though the petition was only out during 2013. The clerk decared the petition insuficient.

Amid criticism the mayor introduced a motion to hold the refendum anyways. It was adopted unanomously. The vote is scheduled for late September and the City is in full campaign mode. Over $300,000 of taxpayer money is being spent on a campaign to vote 'NO' to a publicly financed, operated, and maintained wastewater treatment plant (

What are your thought? Should public money and resources be used in this referendum?


Well whether ethey should or not,  they have done it.

CUPE is helping back the Yes side of the referendum, including flying in someone who successfully fought off a similar plan in Abbotsford, BC.

It is intrersting that the city let this referendum happen, after they dug their heels in on the stadium referendum issue.


The move to allow the referendum was outside Regina's political mindset over the past several years. Admitedly, I am a bit conspiracy-minded but I'm tempted to believe that this referendum is a misdirection that is drawing attention from something more important.

Guessing something is going to hatch about the railyard/stadium project, and the PTB are trying to exhaust voters or activists for the big suprise.

Goggles Pissano

Are there any polls out on the Regina sewage debate?


Here is a Leader Post article referencing a poll which puts the pro-P3 position slightly ahead.

The mayor hasn't come across very well, but I can't say either side has scored a major hit.   I supsect a tiny turnout, which makes it hard to predict.