Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Saskatchewan camping fee increase draws ire of NDP

REGINA -- Dubbing it an “unhappy camper tax,” the NDP says the government’s wide-ranging fee hikes at Saskatchewan provincial parks should be dumped.

Opposition MLA John Nilson said the Saskatchewan Party pledged it would keep camping rates affordable for residents of the province after forming government late last year, yet on Friday announced a slate of fee hikes without a clear explanation.

“I know that many campers are reconsidering their summer plans for next summer because of these increases, so I think the government should reconsider the ill-advised Christmas present to Saskatchewan campers,” said Nilson.

But Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Christine Tell argued there is sound reasoning behind the changes, which include a $2 increase to the daily camping fee, the doubling of the reservation service fee to $10 and a new $7 charge when reservations are changed.
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