Premier’s Library vanity project a waste of time and money

The Sask. Party government spent months working to create a “Premier’s Library of Saskatchewan,” based on American examples including a presidential library. The NDP says the pet project is a huge waste of time and money, and shows the government’s growing sense of entitlement.

“To believe that things like the premier’s notes and photos should be on display in a museum shows no common sense, but quite a bit of ego,” said NDP Central Services critic Warren McCall. “What’s worth keeping can certainly be housed and displayed in our provincial archives or any one of our existing museums or universities.”

The NDP has obtained a proposal dated May 24, 2013 for the “Premier’s Library of Saskatchewan.” The proposal calls for an $806,250 incremental budget for the Territorial Building to be prepared, and proposes several staff and on-site consultants be hired to manage items like the premier’s manuscripts, prints and photographs, and “fine art.” According to the proposal, one of the models for the Premier’s Library of Saskatchewan is the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in the United States.

Read more

More seniors being sent far from home is a step in the wrong direction: NDP

Waiting to move into a seniors care home is already hard on seniors and their families – moving them far away from home to wait is a further step in the wrong direction when it comes to seniors care, according to the NDP.

Seniors in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region will now be subject to a 150-kilometre radius first-bed policy, the health region said Tuesday. That means, a Regina senior waiting for a space in long-term care will wait in the first available bed – which may be as far away as Cupar, Long Lake Valley or Lestock. The policy comes into effect on July 1.

“We should be working hard to bring seniors closer to home. Closer to their family, family doctor and support system,” said Danielle Chartier. “Moving into a seniors home is a very traumatic time for many people, and this makes that even harder. There is a shortage of seniors care spaces in many communities, and this government should be fixing that by adding seniors care beds – not by shipping our loved ones away from their homes.”

Read more

Broten wants government to stop scaling back rural health care

A day after touring the Craik and District Health Centre, and meeting with community members, NDP Leader Cam Broten again called on this government to refrain from scaling back health care services in the community.

“The people of Craik and area are not asking for anything that they haven't had for 100 years. They simply want to be able to keep their doctor and the vital health care services they deserve,” said Broten. “There’s no excuse for the Sask. Party government to be cutting back health care services in Craik, especially when the doctor wants to keep working there and keep saving lives there.”

Read more

NDP push for action to support local businesses

With concerning job numbers released today by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's New Democrats are renewing their call for this government to promote and support local business.

Statistics Canada reported that Saskatchewan’s private sector lost 8,100 jobs over the last year. In total, Saskatchewan lost 3,200 full-time jobs in the last 12 months, while Manitoba added 14,700 jobs and Alberta added 55,100 jobs.

Read more

Province raises water prices

The province is raising the rates for water by 15 per cent over the next 15 months for a number of cities and towns – yet another hit to cost of living that Saskatchewan families don’t need, according to the NDP.

“This government is asking Saskatchewan families to pay extra far too often,” said Buckley Belanger, NDP critic for SaskWater. “This government has raised the price of our power, gas, SGI, SaskTel internet and now another increase to water. Plus, the Sask. Party seems to expect that we can all find the money for private seniors care or home care, and private tutoring for our kids that are jammed into crowded classroom with no one-on-one help anymore.  

“For a lot of families, they’re not benefitting much from a decade of a strong economy – but they’re paying a lot more.”

Read more