The Sask. Party like to talk about the glory days and pretend that they had anything to do with the record resource revenue that fell in their lap, but the fact is, things aren’t so rosy these days. The Sask. Party blew through those good days, spent the surpluses and rainy-day fund and have brought in heartless cuts and unfair tax hikes.
The Conference Board of Canada has just confirmed what more and more Saskatchewan people have already been feeling – life is getting less and less affordable. The Board’s most recent report shows that “job creation and the domestic economy have been lacklustre” and that Saskatchewan is expected to see the slowest rate of GDP growth in all of Canada.
The Sask. Party’s refusal to propose and defend a made-in-Saskatchewan plan is costing Saskatchewan $62 million in federal funding and will mean that Saskatchewan people will be the only Canadians forced to pay Ottawa’s carbon tax.
“Every other province and territory in Canada – except Saskatchewan – has now signed on to the Federal Government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth, and will be exempted from Ottawa’s carbon tax,” said NDP Finance Critic Cathy Sproule.Read more
With yet another budget flip-flop, the Sask. Party have again shown that they refused to listen to Saskatchewan people and small businesses before they hiked the PST and they didn’t even bother to investigate how much money they were wasting or how they were hurting our economy.
“The Premier sat in cabinet while their last cruel and heartless budget was discussed and passed but he refused to stand up for Saskatchewan people and small businesses then. Even today, as he flip-flops on some of those unfair tax cuts, he is standing by others that are costing jobs and raising the price of everything from kids’ clothes, and food and drinks to home insurance,” said NDP Finance Critic Cathy Sproule. “The changes announced today will do nothing to help the construction industry, restaurant owners or families who have been struggling under the Sask. Party’s massive PST hikes.”Read more
A new report shows that the Sask. Party is making life more and more expensive for Saskatchewan people. In fact, compared to last year, prices for everyday products rose more in Saskatchewan than in any other province.
“The Sask. Party have raised SaskPower rates three times in the last two years, they gave cities and towns no choice but to raise their own fees and taxes and, of course, they also raised the PST and added it to everything from kids’ clothes to life insurance,” said NDP Finance Critic Cathy Sproule. “It’s clear that the Sask. Party have mismanaged the economy and are now making it harder for Saskatchewan people to make ends meet.”Read more
Recently released long-term care reports show that the Sask. Party continues to fail seniors and residents in Saskatchewan’s long term care facilities. Staffing was identified as an issue in nearly every single health region as Sask. Party cuts have resulted in too few staff in facilities, who are being forced to take on too much.
“These reports are saying the same thing that we’ve been hearing from seniors and their families over and over again; long-term care in Saskatchewan is dangerously understaffed and our parents and grand-parents – the women and men who helped build this province – are not getting the care they need and deserve to stay healthy and live with dignity," said NDP Health Critic Danielle Chartier. "Health care workers want the best for residents in their care and are working hard for them, but the reality is that they are being run off their feet. Sask. Party cuts have made it impossible to properly staff long-term care facilities, and both residents and health care workers are left paying the price."Read more