It’s government’s privatized way, or nothing

NDP calls on government to support a second bridge in Prince Albert without privatization demands

The provincial government has taken its privatization push to a new level. It has repeatedly stated that it believes Prince Albert doesn’t need a second bridge – but now says it will consider chipping in only if the city chooses a typically more expensive P3 method for the bridge.

“Prince Albert families and businesses need a second bridge. They do not need manipulative political games,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP deputy leader. “Telling Prince Albert their only hope for a second bridge under this government is if they go the privatized route is an attempt by this government to hold a city hostage to its politics.”

Wotherspoon said the government’s story doesn’t add up.

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No toxic waste storage above Dalmeny aquifer, demands NDP

In the wake of the devastating British Columbia tailings pond spill, the NDP is calling on the Saskatchewan government to reverse its decision to approve the Fortune Minerals plan which would see toxic waste stored right above a vital aquifer.

The proposed Fortune Minerals processing plant near Langham would generate 158,000 tonnes of toxic waste every year, including cyanide and arsenic. This waste would be stored permanently in pits at the site, right on top of the Dalmeny aquifer, the area's main source of drinking water.

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6,200 jobs cut from health care and social services

While Saskatchewan people are working harder than ever – and it shows in July’s labour statistics – the government has continued the alarming trend of shedding jobs in health care and social services.

There were 6,200 fewer jobs in the category of health care and social services in July, compared to one year earlier. 2,300 of those jobs were lost in just one month, between June and July, according to Statistics Canada’s July Labour Force Survey, released Friday.

“We know hospitals, seniors care homes and other health centres are short-staffed – often so short-staffed that patient care is compromised and patient safety is put at risk,” said Trent Wotherspoon, deputy leader of the Opposition. “Complicating matters, far too many of the jobs we do have in health care are for senior administrators – not front-line staff, caring for and treating patients.”

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Government failing on smart meter response, says NDP

Government not even trying to recoup costs, taking litigation off the table while SaskPower admits installer training was inadequate

On another day of silence from the premier and his ministers, SaskPower revealed more concerning details about the response to the multi-million-dollar smart meter fiasco.

NDP Leader Cam Broten says the government has to get its act together and start addressing the smart meter debacle properly, before Saskatchewan people and SaskPower ratepayers are left holding the bag on the $47 million bill to remove the smart meters.

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Broten joins local business owners to call for Buy Local Day

NDP Leader Cam Broten is joining a grassroots movement of Saskatchewan business owners and residents calling on the government to proclaim and promote a monthly Buy Local Day in the province.

“This common sense idea puts Saskatchewan first and promotes economic sustainability in our province,” said Broten. “Even just a small shift in how we support local businesses can have a big ripple effect in our communities and our entire economy.”

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