Calls for committee meeting to go ahead – call for interim report before election
Brad Wall’s attempt to keep secret an investigation by the provincial auditor into his government's troubling land deal until after the April 4 election is absolutely wrong, according to NDP Leader Cam Broten.
To pre-empt a more detailed order from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Wall signed an order allowing the auditor to investigate the land deal, but he refused to provide a timeline or require a full or interim report prior to the election. Broten says the PAC meeting should still be called – and the NDP will table a motion to ensure Saskatchewan people see as much of the auditor’s investigation as possible before the election.Read more
Broten asks chair to recall Public Accounts Committee, launch Provincial Auditor’s investigation
NDP Leader Cam Broten has asked for a recall of the Public Accounts Committee of the legislature in order to launch an immediate, comprehensive Provincial Auditor’s special investigation into a highly concerning Sask. Party land deal.
On Monday. Broten asked Public Accounts Committee chair, Danielle Chartier, to recall the committee’s members as soon as possible.Read more
Statistics Canada reports unemployment up, 8,000 more people looking for work
The Sask. Party’s wave of sending Saskatchewan jobs and contracts to corporations outside the province is costing the province a lot of jobs – and now 8,000 more Saskatchewan people are unemployed and looking for work.
The new numbers from Statistics Canada, released Friday, show there are now 36,600 adults in Saskatchewan unemployed and looking for work – the highest number the province has ever had.
Unemployment has hit 6.1 per cent, or 5.6 per cent when adjusted for seasonality. Some of the largest losses have been in the construction industry, which shed 3,300 jobs last month alone, a net loss of 2,200 compared to a year ago.Read more
NDP Health critic Danielle Chartier says the Sask. Party has to start prioritizing recruitment and retention of specialist physicians –because by the end of the year, the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will be down to only 15 radiologists from about 25.
The number of radiologists leaving is a result of the Sask. Party's move to stop a Regina radiology group from providing in-hospital services to patients. Among those leaving are Regina’s only neuroradiologist and radiologist doing cardiac MRIs.Read more
Classrooms underfunded by $2.4 billion, according to new report
Following a report that looks at education funding, the NDP said Saskatchewan’s flagging graduation rates aren’t likely to turn around as long as cuts continue in classrooms.
Saskatchewan schools are underfunded by $2.4 billion, according to Underinvesting in Our Future, a report on education funding from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, released Wednesday. That backs up what parents, teachers, students and school boards in Saskatchewan already know – that even during a boom, the Sask. Party was asking teachers and classrooms to do more with less. As a result, Saskatchewan’s flagging graduation rates haven’t improved one bit – they’re stuck at 74.8 per cent.Read more