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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Government’s lack of oversight leads to medical school probation

On this government’s watch, the province’s only medical school has been put on probation.

“This government can’t be trusted to manage the details,” said NDP post-secondary education critic Warren McCall. “Despite being warned in 2011 of the problems at the medical school – despite being given two years to fix them and having a dedicated partner in the university administration – this government allowed the province’s only medical school to be put on probation.”

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