Session ends, NDP’s mission continues
Saskatchewan’s people expected better from the Sask. Party government, and they deserve better than what they got in the spring session of the Legislative Assembly.
NDP leader John Nilson closed the spring session Thursday by speaking out against the surprise attacks the Sask. Party foisted on Saskatchewan people.
“The Sask. Party has made the choice to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on three more politicians. They killed jobs and devastated a critical segment of the economy and our culture with their ideological attack on the film industry. They betrayed immigrants planning to move their families to Saskatchewan.They turned their war on labour into a war with every person who works for a living,” said Nilson.
“None of this was discussed with the people of Saskatchewan during the election campaign. The lack of consultation and lack of respect for everyday families leaves us all wondering; what’s coming next?”
Nilson noted that the brightest spot of the 11-week session was the broad public engagement. Phone calls and emails rolled in to the NDP caucus office while hundreds of people of all political stripes gathered at the legislature and filled the public galleries.
“As New Democrats, we were pleased to see so many people participating in democracy,” said Nilson. “It was a great disappointment that the premier refused to leave his office and meet those hundreds of people on our own doorstep here at the legislature, time and again. But, democracy works best when people aren’t afraid to speak up.”
Nilson said that the critical issues of the session – including the addition of MLAs, the cuts to the film industry, underfunding education and the NDP’s pursuit of better security for late-night workers through Jimmy’s Law – will not be abandoned by the NDP.
“The session may be over; but it’s clear that the NDP’s mission to support smart growth, common sense and respect for the needs of everyday Saskatchewan people is more critical than ever,” said Nilson.
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