Taxpayers spent at least $1.8 million for senior health administrators to become private Lean consultants

Government claimed there was a five-year return service arrangement, so Opposition wants training costs reimbursed

After Saskatchewan taxpayers paid for their Lean training, several senior health administrators have left our health care system and taken up lucrative consulting gigs. 

Former Saskatoon Health Region CEO Maura Davies and former Kaizen Promotion Office director Candice Bryden have joined the Sask. Party government's American Lean consulting firm, John Black and Associates. Former Saskatoon Health Region Chair Jim Rhode and former 3sHealth vice president Bonnie Blakley have established their own Lean consulting firm.

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New Democrats call for a guaranteed basic income pilot project

Pilot project was a top recommendation from expert advisory group

Saskatchewan's New Democrats want the government to pilot and evaluate a guaranteed basic income program and, if the results prove successful, they want the program introduced province-wide, as a key measure to tackle poverty and improve health, social and economic outcomes.

A basic income program, which can be delivered through a cash transfer model or a negative income tax, is a much simpler and more streamlined approach than current income security programs, and many experts argue it is also a much more effective approach at reducing poverty.

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First quarter financial update shows Sask. Party's debt, deficit and waste is piling up

The first quarter financial update shows the province is on track to run a $292 million deficit and is piling up more than $1.5 billion of new debt this year alone.

The Opposition New Democrats say this is yet another sign of the Sask. Party government's failure to properly manage our province's finances and its inability to deliver on what matters most to Saskatchewan families.

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New Democrats say child protection and foster care system must be fixed

Opposition wants more child protection workers, better supports for foster families and a legislative oversight committee

The Sask. Party government claimed it had stopped housing vulnerable foster children in hotels, but it turns out that wasn't true and they're still doing it. Over the summer, at least 82 children have been housed in hotel rooms.

The Opposition New Democrats want that practice to stop and they want the child protection and foster care system fixed.

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P3 schools to cost at least $176 million more overall

Extra cost is more than $20 million per school

Comparing the Sask. Party’s announced price on P3 schools to recent joint-use school builds, the P3 rent-a-school route will cost taxpayers an extra $176 million.

The government announced Tuesday they’ll pay $635 million for nine joint-use P3 schools, or $70.56 million per school. One joint-use school opened in Swift Current in 2014 cost $51 million. The Willowgrove joint-use school was even less expensive than that, and also not a P3.

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