Schools needed today, P3 schools the wrong approach says NDP

Because P3 schools cost more, sacrifice control and building could be delayed by complex contract negotiations, the NDP is calling on the government to build the schools Saskatchewan needs publicly, and start today.
“Saskatchewan families need new schools today – let’s get those schools built cost-effectively and quickly by planning to finance, own and operate them ourselves,” said NDP education critic Trent Wotherspoon. “The economy is strong, and families are doing their part to grow our neighbourhoods. The government’s job is to operate schools. This government needs to get some shovels in the ground.

“Today’s announcement from the government correctly identified some of the communities that need education infrastructure; but this government is choosing the wrong approach and failing to provide a timeline. It hasn’t told parents, educators and students when they can expect some relief from today’s overcrowding and crumbling schools.”

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Opposition will continue to focus on what matters

The NDP Opposition plans to use the fall sitting of the legislature to hold the government to account for failing to hold up its end of the deal on education, seniors care and building long-term stability in the economy.

“Saskatchewan people are doing their part to drive Saskatchewan’s economy and growth, and take care of their families,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “But the government isn’t holding up its end of the deal.

“Seniors care and education are getting worse, and it has to stop.”

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Deportation shameful for governments

Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi came to Saskatchewan for education and opportunity, but were deported today after the provincial government failed to get results from Ottawa.

“Canada should be a nation of compassion and Saskatchewan the province of opportunity. Forcing Victoria and Favour to return to Nigeria because of an honest mistake is an injustice, and a shameful embarrassment for the province,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten.

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Doctor recruitment strategy must be overhauled

The government has already reduced hours or shut the doors on emergency rooms in dozens of communities, and the provincial capital is potentially next on the list. It’s time for an overhaul of the physician recruitment strategy, according to the NDP.

“The government’s job in a growing province is to plan for growth – to put pieces like more doctors and infrastructure in place. This government didn’t do that,” said NDP health critic Danielle Chartier. “Health care workers and families are doing their best to take care of everyone, but the government isn’t doing its part. There are fewer doctors in the Pasqua Hospital emergency room – not more – and that means something has to change.”

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Another hit to economic diversity, government cancels innovation program

The technology industry has been dealt a blow by the government – along with the much-needed economic diversity the NDP has been calling for – with the closure of SpringBoard West Innovations.

“Saskatchewan’s NDP is very optimistic about the future of natural resources in the province,” said NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon. “But, those commodities will see highs and lows. Saskatchewan people and businesses have given the province a great economic opportunity and this government should be using that opportunity to diversify the economy and build long-term, stable prosperity.”

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