Cam Broten uses fall legislature to contrast his choices with Wall's misplaced priorities
The fall session of the legislative assembly ended Thursday with NDP Leader Cam Broten pointing out that Brad Wall has changed, and his decisions on where to spend and where to make painful cuts have gotten very out of line with Saskatchewan families.
The NDP is trying to extend the legislative session for an additional two weeks, saying there's too much unfinished business to wrap up the fall sitting on Thursday as the government plans to do.
On Wednesday, the NDP made a procedural move to call for a two-week addition.
Three years after very serious concerns about staffing and standards in seniors care homes were first raised by the NDP and concerned families, the Sask. Party hasn’t fixed anything – but appear to be making an effort to make sure the troubles are kept quiet.
More than 120 staff have been hired solely to promote the John Black Lean program in Saskatchewan, costing taxpayers tens of millions in salaries alone.
In addition to 97.6 full-time staff in the 12 Kaizen Promotion Offices in the health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, there are at least four full-time Lean specialists in the Health Ministry, five in eHealth and at least another 17 devoted exclusively to Lean promotion in the Provincial Kaizen Promotion Office.
Sask. Party claims $476.9 million in avoided “risk” to justify spending more
The government’s own numbers show that a traditional construction model would cost $200 million less than the Sask. Party’s European P3 rent-a-road scheme.
And, in a biased attempt to hide the fact that the Regina bypass is a boondoggle, the Sask. Party is peddling a value for money report that includes $476.9 million in “retained risk” calculations that have been found to be bogus in other jurisdictions.
“The only one getting a good deal on this project is the corporation from Europe that will rake in billions of Saskatchewan dollars,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “I’d remind the Sask. Party that the money they’re playing with belongs to Saskatchewan families.”