The NDP is expressing concern for the 440 Saskatchewan families hurt by job losses in the potash industry today, and will watch closely the reaction from the provincial government to ensure it fits the needs of workers and employers.
“A job loss can be devastating to a family, and never more so than right before Christmas,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “We feel for those potash workers and their families who were laid off today. We’ll be looking for the reaction from the provincial government to coordinate with the company, the unions, the workers and their communities with the goal of minimizing the impact of the job losses on the families affected and on the province.”
The NDP also said these layoffs serve as another reminder of the importance of diversifying the economy.
“I remain optimistic about the future of all our province's natural resources,” said Broten. “But stories like this are further evidence that it's not in Saskatchewan’s best interests to put all our eggs in the non-renewable resource basket. I want more eggs, and more baskets.
“It's concerning to me that this government is trying to downplay our reliance on potash, oil and gas by only citing resource revenues. They should be taking into account all the ways in which Saskatchewan’s non-renewable resources are driving our province’s economy. And, they should recognize that Saskatchewan’s economy is not diverse enough. This government is passing up an incredible opportunity to use today’s prosperity to build long-term stability in Saskatchewan.”
For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus