The government’s Throne Speech has set a disappointing tone for the year: this government does not plan to hold up its end of the bargain when it comes to the things Saskatchewan families need.
“It really is a backward-looking Throne Speech,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “It points to the fact that Saskatchewan families have been working harder than ever over the past year, but doesn’t give people any indication that this government will hold up its end of the deal when it comes to fixing the things that matter like health care, seniors care and our kids’ education.”
Broten and the NDP hoped to see action to end the seniors care crisis, a plan to put more resources straight into the classroom and into teaching and a move to get desperately-needed schools built quicker and more cost-effectively. The government’s short-list of previously-announced and mostly minor changes falls short, according to Broten.
Among the announcements that don’t constitute anything new, doctor house calls and home care have been part of Saskatchewan’s health care system for decades.
“If house calls aren’t happening under this government, it’s because this government has a doctor shortage and cut home care,” said Broten.
The NDP is also still urging quick action on anti-bullying efforts, noting that the November conference mentioned in the Throne Speech should not deter the government from getting its anti-bullying consultation report distributed so real action can be taken immediately for kids being bullied at school and online.
There were some items mentioned in the Throne Speech the NDP is supportive of, including improvements to cell phone and internet infrastructure for northern communities and the goal to eliminate wait lists for adult basic education, although Broten notes that more needs to be done to prepare individuals to pursue adult basic education.
“Despite this Throne Speech, which I think will disappoint Saskatchewan families, the NDP plans to keep pushing this government to do better on the things that matter,” said Broten. “This government is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to long-term prosperity through economic diversification; cuts to classroom resources have cost our kids the one-on-one attention they need; and seniors care is getting worse – and it has to stop.”
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Erin Morrison, NDP caucus