The Sask. Party government doesn’t have a smart-growth plan to make pre-K-12 education sustainable as the province grows – and the consequences of that failure emerged during the spring session of the Legislature.
"The Sask. Party has underfunded schools and students," said David Forbes, NDP education critic. "There is no common sense in making cuts when there are more students in today’s schools."
There are 3,700 fewer people working in Saskatchewan’s private sector compared to a year ago – a result of the fact that the Sask. Party doesn’t have a plan to fill employer needs with a smart post-secondary and skills training plan.
"Saskatchewan businesses keep delivering good news for Saskatchewan," said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP critic for the economy. "But, the Sask. Party is throwing a wrench in the plans of businesses by underfunding universities, SIAST and apprenticeship programs. The government doesn’t have a smart-growth plan to increase the number of skilled workers at the same rate as the province is growing."
In a three-hour face-to-face session this week, NDP Leader Cam Broten called on the premier to explain how the Sask. Party is struggling to deliver basics like education and housing when the economy in Saskatchewan is performing well.
"It’s a serious concern that the Sask. Party is struggling in such a strong economy," said Broten. "When it comes to important things like seniors care and education, the Sask. Party is making cuts and failing to help people who need it."
Cam Broten and the NDP MLAs ended this week in the Legislature by calling on the Sask. Party government to stop dismissing the concerns of real people.
"The Sask. Party is putting politics ahead of people," said Broten. "A flood of people have been willing to speak out – especially on the unacceptable state of seniors care in Saskatchewan – and the Sask. Party has stubbornly dug in their heels and refused to acknowledge the real concerns of people right in front of them."
Despite the strong economy the Sask. Party is making painful cuts, leaving some people and institutions in crisis.
This week at the legislature, NDP Leader Cam Broten and the NDP team shone a light on the affect of cuts and funding shortfalls the Sask. Party is stubbornly forcing onto seniors, vulnerable children and SIAST students and staff.
"The fact that the Sask. Party is struggling in such a strong economy is worrisome," said Broten. "The fact that Saskatchewan families are bearing the brunt of the Sask. Party's decisions is unacceptable."