Issues that matter to families dominated legislature this spring: NDP

Seniors care, outrageous ambulance bills, schools up against government’s misplaced priorities

This year, the government is adding $1.5 billion to the debt and blowing through billions faster than it comes in – but the Opposition New Democrats showed during the spring session of the legislature that money is not going to the things that matter most to Saskatchewan families.

NDP Leader Cam Broten and the Opposition MLAs spent the spring session of the Legislative Assembly showing massive shortfalls, cuts and neglect when it comes to the seniors care crisis, the condition of schools and hospitals and the massive ambulance fees Saskatchewan patients pay. The spring session of the legislature wrapped up Thursday.

“This province’s resource wealth should translate into great education and lots of opportunities for young people. It should mean affordability for families and an easier chance to get started in Saskatchewan. And it should guarantee dignity and security for seniors,” said Broten. "Instead, this government is wasting far too much money.

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Sask. Party refuses to vote on GSAs

The Sask. Party government refused Thursday to agree to a free vote on whether or not Saskatchewan students should have guaranteed access to a safe space in school through a Gender Sexuality Alliance, also called a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA).

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Investigation shows system failed Warholm – and she’s not alone

Seniors care crisis is widespread, ombudsman investigation shows

The findings of an investigation by Saskatchewan's Ombudsman detail how our province's seniors care system failed Margaret Warholm, 74, a woman in care who died malnourished, suffering from broken bones and with a painful bedsore covering her back. The report also shows the seniors care system is in crisis, and says Warholm’s tragic case is not unique.

The Opposition is calling on the government to finally take action to address the seniors care crisis. After more than two years of devastating reports and family stories, NDP Leader Cam Broten said it’s far past time for the Sask. Party government to stop minimizing the seniors care crisis, and denying its widespread nature.

“Margaret’s final months were undignified and painful, and her death was tragic and unfair,” said Broten. “She spent her life caring for those around her, raising a wonderful family and helping to build our province. She deserved compassionate care in her final years, but she was horribly let down by a seniors care system under significant strain.

“This report should be a final notice to the Sask. Party government – it can’t keep denying that it has a seniors care crisis. For Margaret, the many others who suffered like Margaret and many thousands who are in care today and will be in care in the future, this government’s inaction is unpalatable.”

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Broten’s proposed Buy Local Day goes ahead

After multiple flip flops by the Sask. Party, the government has finally agreed to proclaim the first Saturday of every month as Buy Local Day – an idea proposed in an Opposition bill by New Democrat Leader Cam Broten.

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5,000 manufacturing job losses; NDP wants procurement bill passed

Manufacturing job losses have reached 5,000, causing the NDP to renew its calls for the government to cooperate in passing a new procurement bill.

Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey showed Friday that 5,000 Saskatchewan manufacturing jobs have been lost over the last 12 months. Trent Wotherspoon, NDP deputy leader, tabled the Fairness for Saskatchewan Businesses Act in the fall – a new procurement policy that would help more Crown and government contracts go to Saskatchewan companies when they can offer the greatest value for taxpayers.

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