NDP push for action to support local businesses

With concerning job numbers released today by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's New Democrats are renewing their call for this government to promote and support local business.

Statistics Canada reported that Saskatchewan’s private sector lost 8,100 jobs over the last year. In total, Saskatchewan lost 3,200 full-time jobs in the last 12 months, while Manitoba added 14,700 jobs and Alberta added 55,100 jobs.

With concerning job numbers released today by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's New Democrats are renewing their call for this government to promote and support local business.

Statistics Canada reported that Saskatchewan’s private sector lost 8,100 jobs over the last year. In total, Saskatchewan lost 3,200 full-time jobs in the last 12 months, while Manitoba added 14,700 jobs and Alberta added 55,100 jobs.

"Saskatchewan people want our economic prosperity to last," said Warren McCall, NDP critic for advanced education. "When we're losing full-time jobs at a time when both of our neighbouring provinces are seeing huge increases in full-time jobs, that's a big concern. This government needs to get serious about promoting and supporting local businesses and ensuring our prosperity is sustainable."

In the fall session, the NDP introduced two private member's bills that would help support Saskatchewan businesses. The Buy Local Day Act would see the government promote the value of local businesses. The Fairness for Saskatchewan Businesses in Government Procurement Act would ensure that Saskatchewan businesses do not keep losing out while government contracts are continually handed to companies from other provinces or countries.

"It doesn’t make sense for this government to keep dragging its heels on promoting the value of supporting local businesses," said McCall. "And it completely defies logic for this government to continue handing lucrative contracts to companies from Ontario, Quebec, California and Texas, while local businesses are looking for work and wanting to create jobs for Saskatchewan residents."

The sectors that lost the most jobs over the last year were: agriculture (-5,000); trade (-3,400); transportation and warehousing (-2,000); and manufacturing (-1,900).

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For more information, contact:
Doyle Fox, NDP caucus
306-787-0974
dfox@ndpcaucus.sk.ca