It's a move that is hoped to assist in easing the financial burden of the approximately $1.2 billion deficit held by Saskatchewan. The provincial government announced on March 16th that, effective that day, they would be winding down their Executive Air Service. This is a small fleet of aircraft owned and operated by the government for the transport of elected officials, including the premier and Lieutenant Governor, by air to meetings and events.

"It basically stems from examining all the options related to managing expenses as productively as possible," said Troy Smith with the Ministry of Central Services.

"It demonstrates the commitment to looking for efficiency and cutting costs."

Use of the fleet has decreased dramatically in recent years, by about 73 percent, while the overhead costs remained quite high. The number of flights made went from 595 in 2006-2007 to 165 in 2016-2017.

"The savings connected to winding down the service are estimated to be between $700,000 to one million dollars, so they made the decision to discontinue it," Smith shared.

He said that the immediate impacts would involve selling the two aircraft and informing the staff involved of the change.

"We will be looking to the private sector over the next number of weeks to provide charter services. We expect it will be on an as-needed basis, so if somebody needs to get somewhere we would be able to contact one of these companies to fill that need."

He added that it currently is unclear whether there would be just one charter establishment or a few on contract. Those details would be ironed out through a request for services process.

Smith also outlined how the changes will affect the operation of government officials.

"They will either be using ground transportation or commercial flights and the aforementioned charter services. It will just depend on the situation and where they need to go."

"There will be no expected impact on the Air Ambulance service, and the same goes for the Wildfire Management as well," he added.

The government said in their release that they are committed to controlling spending and making the difficult decisions that need to be made.

Exec Air Graphic

More Local News

One dead following collision between car, school bus

A man has been pronounced dead following a mutli-vehicle collision near Central Butte. The two-vehicle collision occurred when a west-bound car collided with a north-bound school bus approximately 15…
airport 004

CAP Program Grant for the Shaunavon Airport

The Shaunavon Airport is one of 15 community and regionally-owned airports in the province to receive money from the Community Airport Partnership or CAP Program. The Government of Saskatchewan is…

Proper construction zone signage a focal point for Ministry of Highways

With highway construction season well underway, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is trying to ensure all work zones are set up correctly. To ensure all work zones are correctly set up,…

"Critical low" in blood donations spark call-to-action for Canadian Blood Services

A call to action is out by Canadian Blood Services as their supplies are noted as being critically low. Katherine Wasylynka is the Canadian Blood Services' territory manager for southern…

Budget approved for Chinook School Division

The Chinook School Division will have a reduced staff in the central office for 2017-18 with the upcoming budget $6 million less than this past year's. At the school division's meeting Monday…

Stepping down, but not away: Betty McDougall retires from SwYES

Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (SwYES) development coordinator Betty McDougall, who played a major role in the opening of the youth shelter Dorie's House, will be retiring at the end of the month.…
Hot dog day 2017 033

A Large Donation to the Shaunavon Fire Department From the CJSN Hot Dog Day

CJSN Radio in Shaunavon held their annual Hot Dog Day Listener Appreciation Event this past Friday. A great turn out that day and donations were taken for the Shaunavon Fire Department. The grand…

Thousands take in annual Windscape Kite Festival

Saturday and Sunday on the south side of Swift Current was the 13th-annual Sask Power Windscape Kite Festival. With temperatures in the low 20s on the weekend, and a bit of a breeze, the conditions…

Multiple southwest students receive youth apprenticeship scholarships

Seven students from across the Chinook School Division have been awarded with Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships. The winners, participants of the Saskatchewan…

Premier Brad Wall Going South To Lobby For Sask.

Once again our Premier will visit the United States to lobby for Saskatchewan. Brad Wall is heading to Montana Sunday for the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting where they will talk about…

STARS releases SOLUS to improve assistance in rural areas

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) will now be able to better serve rural areas with their release of SOLUS, a smartphone app that allows emergency assistance to be requested and received 24…

Minimum wage increasing in the fall of 2017

The minimum wage in Saskatchewan will increase $0.24/hour at the start of the fourth quarter of 2017. Come October 1st, 2017, minimum wage will reach $10.96/hour, up from $10.72/hour. The increase…

Lyme Disease: Ticks not the only threat

When you think of Lyme Disease, you think of a tick bite and you may think you are safe from Lyme Disease due to the fact that the tick which carries the disease is not found here in Saskatchewan.…

Newest southwest NCC site hosting BioBlitz this weekend

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be hosting the first BioBlitz on their newest property in the southwest this weekend. The newly acquired Wideview property features more than 3,021 acres…

United Way's "Day of Caring" expands from week-long to year-round initiative

The week-long window will be opening wider for the Swift Current United Way's "Day of Caring" intiative. Businesses who sign up for the initiative will now have the option to volunteer their time at…

Chamber of Commerce CEO steps down

After 18 months as the Chief Executive Officer for the Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce, Clayton Wicks has resigned from his position effective immediately. The Board of Directors of…

Second consecutive gain for wholesale trade in Saskatchewan

Wholesale sales witnessed another growing month for both Saskatchewan and the country. Saskatchewan was one of two provinces which recorded the highest wholesale growth among the provinces between…

STI Rates Increasing around Region and Province

The Cypress Health Region has seen instances of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) increase, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Most prominent has been chlamydia, and 70 percent of…

Rural Saskatchewan bank robber still at large

Saskatchewan RCMP believe one suspect is behind of string of rural robberies. Since May of 2016, six robberies and two attempted robberies occurred at financial institutions across southern…

West Nile Season Approaching in the South West

Wednesday marked the first day of summer, and with that, the government of Saskatchewan is urging the public to take preventative measures against the spread of West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes breed in…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

This Place Matters Competition - Spirit of the Lyric!

15 June 2017 12:00 am - 17 July 2017 11:45 pm

The Lyric Theatre, Swift Current





Blood Donor Clinic

26 June 2017 9:00 am - 28 June 2017 2:00 pm

Bridgeway Community Church





Young Adults Hope for a Better Tomorrow AFG

27 June 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Center (Garden Room), Swift Current





From a Parent's Heart AFG

27 June 2017 7:00 pm

ALPINE CHURCH OF GOD, Swift Current





Stitch & Chat

27 June 2017 7:00 pm

Swift Current Branch Library, Swift Current





Al-Anon Family Group - Leader

27 June 2017 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Victory Fellowship Church, Leader





Courage To Change - Al Anon Family Group

28 June 2017 12:00 pm

The Center (Garden Room), Swift Current





Login