Broten calls on government to send aid for Ukraine violence victims

NDP Leader Cam Broten is calling on the government to pledge humanitarian aid for victims of violence in Ukraine.

Hundreds if not thousands of anti-government protestors and bystanders have been injured in addition to those killed in Ukraine during pro-democracy protests which turned violent at the intervention of riot police. The need for medical supplies and first aid is urgent.

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Government racks up debt, raids rainy day fund

The government updated this year’s budget today by showing it will pile on $1.125 billion in Crown debt alone in the 2013-14 budget year and raid the rainy day savings account, despite operating during a strong economy.

“First, this is the dishonest set of books that failed an audit, so we can’t trust what the government has chosen to release and what it has chosen to conceal here,” said NDP Deputy Leader and Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “What we can pull from these nonsense numbers is that this government is not managing the finances well.

“This government is adding more than a billion dollars onto the debt this year and ripping money out of the rainy day fund to pretend everything is OK. And when the government screws up its finances, Saskatchewan families know they have to pick up the tab.”

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SGI rate increase another wake-up call on affordability for families

Saskatchewan families continue to do their part to make Saskatchewan’s economy boom, but the government continues to go back to families to pay more for basic services – including another 5.2 per cent for vehicle insurance, requested by SGI today.

“This year, Saskatchewan families will have to dig deeper into their bank accounts to pay higher bills every month for SaskTel internet, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SGI and possibly provincial education taxes,” said Doyle Vermette, critic for SGI. “Saskatchewan now charges the second-highest university tuition in the nation; and all this is on top of the rising cost of living in the province.”

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Government makes deal to sell Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw

NDP opposes government’s rushed and secretive plan to sell valuable public assets

The government has made a deal to sell Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority in a rushed document, drawn in secret. NDP Leader Cam Broten is calling on the government to release the full details of its agreement and says he will not support the rushed, secret deal to sell valuable public assets.­

“Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw belong to the people of Saskatchewan,” said Broten. “They’re profitable. They help fund health care, schools and community initiatives. As far as I’m concerned, they’re not for sale.”

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Government must release seniors care update due yesterday

A 60-day update on the government’s drop-in-the-bucket response to the seniors care crisis was due yesterday, and the NDP wants it released publicly.

“This government scrapped minimum standards in seniors care homes, and the treatment of seniors in care homes since then has been nothing short of a crisis,” said Danielle Chartier, NDP health critic. “Instead of reinstating and strengthening minimum standards and setting the minimum staffing levels seniors need to be cared for with dignity, this government funded only a few pieces of equipment and repairs.

“The government was scheduled to receive its first update yesterday on whether the few pieces of replacement equipment have made any strides in solving the seniors care crisis, or if it’s just a stall tactic and a drop-in-the-bucket that won’t stem the tide of shocking and sad stories coming out of seniors care homes.”

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