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."
At the end of the spring session of the Legislature, the Sask. Party is standing alone in its stubborn insistence that misleading the public by using two sets of books is acceptable.
During the session, NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon and Saskatchewan’s independent provincial auditor both called on the Sask. Party to come clean. On April 30, Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk released a special report revealing the depths of the Sask. Party’s efforts to hide its handling of Saskatchewan’s money.
“My bottom line message to the government is: just tell it like it is,” said Lysyk.
A hallmark of the spring session of the provincial legislature, which wrapped up Thursday, was the NDP’s challenges to the Sask. Party to lay out its stand on critical social issues.
"Through the course of the spring we were surprised to discover that Sask. Party MLAs resisted common sense ideas like providing information on gay-straight alliances to students, teachers and parents who want it," said David Forbes, NDP critic for diversity, equality and human rights issues.
NDP Leader Cam Broten is leading a push for better seniors care in Saskatchewan – which he made a major focus during the spring session of the legislature.
Broten announced on the day he became NDP and Opposition leader that seniors care would be a top priority for the new NDP, prompting a flood of Saskatchewan people to come forward to share their family stories.
"What we heard from people like Carrie Klassen and Lynne Seaborne is that the quality of care seniors are receiving in care homes is unacceptable," said Broten. "The health, quality of life and dignity of our parents, our grandmas and grandpas, is too important to allow the Sask. Party to dismiss the concerns we all have. Saskatchewan people deserve more choices, more spaces and a much higher quality of care."
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."