Despite being handed a powerful, resource-driven economy, the government’s mid-year budget update shows it is slashing nearly $50 million from health care and millions from education.
“This government’s priorities are out of line with Saskatchewan families,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP finance critic. “People are working harder than ever and driving Saskatchewan’s economy – they deserve a government that invests that back into hospitals and classrooms instead of cutting its way into a crisis.”
Wotherspoon pointed to rampant understaffing and overcrowding throughout the health care and seniors care system, along with crumbling hospitals and seniors care facilities.
“There is a crisis in Regina and area. With the Pasqua Hospital emergency room closed, this government has reduced the entire region to a single ER at night,” said Wotherspoon. Nearly two dozen communities have seen reductions in health care services, like suspensions in acute care and emergency rooms.
“With regional health authorities in deficit, this government isn’t done cutting health care,” said Wotherspoon.
The government is also cutting this year’s education funding. Saskatchewan’s students and teachers are in overcrowded and under-resourced classrooms. Many schools are in need of repairs from asbestos removal to roof replacement. Despite the great need in Saskatchewan schools, the government is cutting another $3 million from an already-tight education budget and more than $5 million from post-secondary education.
“Saskatchewan families would not choose to cut health care and education,” said Wotherspoon. “The economy is doing well, but health care, seniors care and education are, in many ways, in crisis. This government’s spending decisions just don’t make sense.”
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Erin Morrison, NDP caucus