Statement from Cam Broten, Leader of Saskatchewan’s official Opposition

Ruth and I are deeply saddened and shocked by the events at the La Loche Community School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends, and the entire community and region. As parents, we send our kids off to school, we part for the workday, and we expect to all come home, together again, safe and loved. It's devastating to know that some Saskatchewan families won’t be coming home to each other tonight.

We’ll hug our daughters tighter tonight, as I’m sure many Canadians will.

The people of La Loche – and Northern Saskatchewan – are incredibly resilient, but they'll need our support and in the days, weeks and months ahead we will be there for them.


Open the books and stop the deception: NDP to Sask. Party

NDP says another misleading un-audited statement is unacceptable, calls for Jan. 31 deadline

The NDP is demanding that the Sask. Party table a full financial report by the end of the month, allowing an audit by the independent Provincial Auditor so voters can deal with reality heading into an election.

The Sask. Party is running a deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars. They are refusing to put out a budget, and say they’ll withhold a financial update – at least until it’s too late for the auditor to verify it.

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NDP repeats call for change to forest fire policy

It’s been six months since the NDP called for changes to the province's forest fire policy – and it wants the Sask. Party to stop ignoring concerns raised by northern leaders and residents, and make changes now to prepare for this year's forest fire season.

"For three years now, we've been calling for change to the "let it burn" policy. Northern leaders have been pushing for this, and the northern NDP MLAs have brought forward petition after petition. The Sask. Party continues to stubbornly dismiss all of that," said NDP Leader Cam Broten. "I thought last year's fire season would have been a wake-up call for Mr. Wall, but it's been six months since most of the evacuees returned home, and this government still hasn't had an independent review or announced any changes.

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List of people receiving EI grows fastest in Saskatchewan

The number of people receiving employment insurance benefits (EI) is rising faster than anywhere else in Canada – yet another wake-up call that says the Sask. Party should stop glossing over the economic challenges and start addressing them.

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Draconian cuts, tax hikes or deficit, says Sask. Party

Sask. Party won’t cut its waste, and won’t come clean on the books

Saskatchewan’s finance minister said Wednesday that “draconian cuts,” deficits or tax hikes are the only options to deal with the low price of oil – and they won’t tell us which option the Sask. Party’s going with until after the election.

“It’s ludicrous to think that hiding the finances and their choices with our money, is acceptable,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “And so is the bogus set of options Finance Minister Kevin Doherty laid out Wednesday.”

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