Auditor’s report highlights how the Sask. Party is failing the province’s most vulnerable

The Provincial Auditor released volume one of its 2018 report today, and it shows the damaging effect that the Sask. Party’s cuts and clawbacks have had on Saskatchewan students with special needs as well as those dealing with mental health issues.

“We’re always grateful for the good work that the Auditor and her team does, but it’s disappointing to see in this report just how badly the Sask. Party is failing the most vulnerable people in our province,” said NDP Deputy Leader Carla Beck. “And this comes in light of the most recent budget from the Sask. Party, which saw a funding cut to the rental housing supplement and the failure to fully restore funding to school divisions.”

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Lack of job opportunities driving people out of Saskatchewan

Recent statistics show that more people are leaving Saskatchewan to look for better job opportunities in our neighboring provinces out west.

“The Sask. Party has not improved the job market and has in fact cut nearly $3 million for job training programs in this year’s budget and we’re losing valuable workers because of it,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “We had the lowest GDP growth outside of Atlantic Canada for 2017. In April, Saskatchewan had 1,800 fewer jobs compared to the same time last year. These numbers don’t lie. The Sask. Party can’t ignore the writing on the wall.”

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More families being hurt by the Sask. Party’s lack of long-term care facility funding

The Sask. Party’s lack of funding and mismanagement in long-term care is having a negative trickle down affect that is causing more and more issues for Saskatchewan families.

The lack of proper care and funding led to nearly 100 seniors being forced to move from Pioneer Village Long-term Care facility. This week, families utilizing the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre’s hostel have been told the displaced seniors need the space and have been given less than two weeks’ notice that they will no longer have a place to stay.

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Doing politics differently comes with fresh ideas and strong opposition during Spring Session

The spring session in the Legislature ended with the NDP holding the Sask. Party to account for their PST hikes, money-wasting scandals, and lack of vision to stimulate the province’s economy and create jobs, while also proposing ways to make Saskatchewan better for everyone.

Despite the opportunities to improve Saskatchewan’s future with their 2018/19 budget, the Sask. Party continued down the path of mismanagement and hurting the most vulnerable. They did not fully restore the $54 million cut from education funding in the last budget; they cut $5 million from the rental housing supplement; and they cut $3 million for job training and workforce development programs.

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NDP pushing to give parents access to extended parental leave

In an effort to allow families the ability to fully access parental leave benefits, the NDP introduced Bill No. 610 — The Saskatchewan Employment (Extended Parental Leave) Amendment Act, 2018.

The federal government has extended parental leave up to 18 months, but the Sask. Party continues to limit it to only 12 months and has failed to change the Saskatchewan Employment Act.

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