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After the Saskatchewan Party government announced in its unpopular March 22, 2017 austerity budget that it was shuttering the 71 year old Crown agency, the outcry from the public, interest groups and provincial NDP Opposition was immediate, loud and wide ranging.

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At the time of the budget announcement, Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), said, wish there was some alternative way that we could still operate a publicly owned transportation system. Saskatchewan communities relied heavily on STC for moving goods and people, added Orb.

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