NDP calls on Sask. Party to boost economic growth

The NDP is calling on the Sask. Party to reverse its damaging approach to the economy, which is hurting Saskatchewan worker’s average weekly wages as shown in today’s Statistics Canada report.

“The government could fix the broken procurement model, improve the minimum wage, or ramp up renewable power and energy efficient retrofits,” said NDP Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “Instead what we’ve seen from the Sask. Party is hurtful policies such as scrapping the film tax credit and hiking the PST on construction labour.”

The report showed Saskatchewan had the lowest year-over-year change in average weekly earnings in 2018. According to the report, Saskatchewan was well below the national average of two per cent and significantly behind nearby provinces like Manitoba (3.2 per cent) and British Columbia (1.9 per cent).

“The Sask. Party had the opportunity to address this problem with their budget last week, but they sat on their hands and did nothing while Saskatchewan worker’s earnings flatlined,” said Wotherspoon. “It boggles the mind that the Sask. Party government can claim they have a balanced budget when our economy is hurting and households are struggling with flat earnings, job loss and hikes to their cost of living because of choices by this government – like the $800 more in PST the average family is paying annually.”