Cam Broten and the NDP argue for health care turnaround

Understaffing is causing problems in hospitals and seniors care homes, and NDP Leader Cam Broten and the Opposition MLAs called for a solution during the first full week of the fall session of the legislative assembly.

“Listening to the heart-breaking stories of Saskatchewan families, it’s clear that this government is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to patient care and seniors care,” said Broten.

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Power rates up nearly 40 per cent since 2009

If a new rate hike at SaskPower is approved, power bills will end up being more than 38 per cent higher than 2009.

“With such a strong economy, it’s frustrating to families that the government’s Crowns have to turn to Saskatchewan people to pay more and more,” said Cathy Sproule, NDP critic for SaskPower.

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Disappointing Throne Speech for Saskatchewan families

The government’s Throne Speech has set a disappointing tone for the year: this government does not plan to hold up its end of the bargain when it comes to the things Saskatchewan families need.

“It really is a backward-looking Throne Speech,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “It points to the fact that Saskatchewan families have been working harder than ever over the past year, but doesn’t give people any indication that this government will hold up its end of the deal when it comes to fixing the things that matter like health care, seniors care and our kids’ education.”

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Schools needed today, P3 schools the wrong approach says NDP

Because P3 schools cost more, sacrifice control and building could be delayed by complex contract negotiations, the NDP is calling on the government to build the schools Saskatchewan needs publicly, and start today.
 
“Saskatchewan families need new schools today – let’s get those schools built cost-effectively and quickly by planning to finance, own and operate them ourselves,” said NDP education critic Trent Wotherspoon. “The economy is strong, and families are doing their part to grow our neighbourhoods. The government’s job is to operate schools. This government needs to get some shovels in the ground.

“Today’s announcement from the government correctly identified some of the communities that need education infrastructure; but this government is choosing the wrong approach and failing to provide a timeline. It hasn’t told parents, educators and students when they can expect some relief from today’s overcrowding and crumbling schools.”

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Opposition will continue to focus on what matters

The NDP Opposition plans to use the fall sitting of the legislature to hold the government to account for failing to hold up its end of the deal on education, seniors care and building long-term stability in the economy.

“Saskatchewan people are doing their part to drive Saskatchewan’s economy and growth, and take care of their families,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “But the government isn’t holding up its end of the deal.

“Seniors care and education are getting worse, and it has to stop.”

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