NDP calls on Sask. Party to consider research, evidence

The NDP spent the legislative week calling on the Sask. Party to consider facts, consultation and research before pushing its agenda.

“The Sask. Party is stubborn,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “It has been pushing its agenda without listening, without research and without evidence.”

Spring runoff and potential flooding was a focus during the final week of March after a winter with record snowfall. Despite the strong potential for flooding, the Sask. Party released a budget with no money for flood damage. Flooding cost the province an average of $105 million in each of the last three years.

The Sask. Party’s costly push to privatize infrastructure with P3 schools, a hospital and an interchange was also raised by the NDP this week. The Sask. Party’s first attempt at P3 privatization – the P3 Secretariat – failed and was abandoned in 2009.

Broten and the NDP team also raised:

  • two previously-buried reports on the former film tax credit and its economic impact. Both reports provided solid evidence on the benefit of the film tax credit – but the Sask. Party killed the credit and gutted the entire film industry;
  • the Sask. Party’s plan to push ahead with standardized testing for all students, despite failing to produce evidence to show more testing instead of more teaching would benefit students;
  • the Sask. Party’s denial of surgical wait-times data presented by the Canadian Institute for Hospital Information. CIHI is the industry standard in health-care statistics, but the Sask. Party stubbornly refuses to acknowledge data that shows wait times are growing under the Sask. Party government.

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For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office