With Crown sector workers slated to strike as of Monday, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called on Premier Scott Moe to get to work on a deal.
“After months of pretending he’s not involved, it’s time for the Premier to come out from hiding and take leadership,” Meili said. “His government squeezed $209 million in dividends from our Crowns this year, and now they’re expecting the people who work for our Crowns to accept less. Scott Moe is showing us exactly what he’s about: good deals for his buddies, and bad deals for families.”
As major problems with the Sask. Party’s net metering program become apparent, the NDP is calling for a more robust program to fill the gaps.
“We have the best solar exposure and a government with new ideas could put that to good use, but the Sask. Party is out of ideas and letting people down,” Meili said. “Imagine how much a government committed to ensuring Saskatchewan is a leader in renewable energy could accomplish.”
As Crown sector workers go back into bargaining today, NDP Labour critic David Forbes released the following statement:
“This Sask. Party government has a long history of scheming to weaken the Crown corporations that the people of Saskatchewan are so proud of. Preventing our Crowns from negotiating a fair deal with their workers is just more of the same. People who rely on the services our Crowns provide are being let down by a government that is attempting to undermine our Crowns. They’ve pushed wage roll-backs for Crown workers and big raises for Crown executives, all while raiding Crown dividends to make up for their own misspending.
The Saskatchewan NDP is calling on the government to commit that no children will be admitted to a newly completed children’s hospital that is “rife with safety and suicide risks” until those risks are addressed.
“These design flaws in what should be a state-of-the-art facility represent an abject failure of leadership from this government,” said NDP Health Critic Vicki Mowat. “They turned the opening of a children’s hospital into a political photo op while failing to put children’s health and safety first, even as we raised significant concerns in recent months about the planning and design of this facility.”
NDP push for transparency while Sask. Party try to hide information on Crown sell-off from the public
The Sask. Party government is refusing to be transparent about their plans to sell off SaskTel, by ignoring rulings from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ordering the release of more information on the potential sale.
“The government continues to let people down by scheming to sell off our Crowns,” said NDP SaskTel critic Warren McCall. “It’s clear that the Sask. Party’s plans to sell off SaskTel were much more developed than they led the Saskatchewan public to believe and it’s time for them to stop hiding the truth about this.”
“Easy fix is to scrap it”: NDP calls for end to Sask. Party PST hike as it continues to hurt jobs, businesses
With new data showing ongoing damage to the construction industry as a result of the Sask. Party’s expansion of the PST to construction labour, the NDP is calling on the government to undo the damage by walking back their tax hike.
According to Statistics Canada, there has been a 25 per cent reduction in the value of building permits since the Sask. Party hiked the PST on construction labour in April 2017.