NDP Calls on Premier Pallister to Follow Brad Wall’s Example; Stop Using Private Email for Government Business: Swan

May 12, 2017

Premier Brian Pallister must follow Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s example and stop using his private email for government business, NDP Justice Critic Andrew Swan said today.

“When it was revealed yesterday that Premier Wall was using his private email for government business he said the practice will stop,” Swan said. “Premier Wall recognized that he was wrong and Premier Pallister should do the same.”

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported on Thursday, May 11, that Wall admitted in the Saskatchewan legislature he was communicating with government MLAs and others on his personal email accounts. The admission came in response to documents in the possession of the Saskatchewan NDP.

According to the StarPhoenix, Wall initially claimed there was nothing sensitive in the emails and the server he was using was secure. A government spokesperson also said Wall would stop using private email for government business and only use the government email system.

His office later said “any emails to or from the premier on a private server would be subject to the same freedom of information access rules as government emails.”

“Premier Pallister has said he uses private means of communicating with his staff and others for security reasons, but there is nothing more secure than the government email system,” Swan said. “The only reason for not using the government system is to hide one’s tracks. Premier Pallister must follow Premier Wall’s example and stop doing it.”