The NDP is calling on the Sask. Party government to put minimum wage indexing in writing and on a timeline.
After calls from the Opposition, the Sask. Party promised in the spring to index the minimum wage to inflation. The change can’t take place until the Minimum Wage Regulations are amended – a change the labour minister said more than two months ago was already overdue.
The Sask. Party government’s year-end financial report shows a government scrambling – it drained millions from the province’s rainy day fund, increased the debt, raided the Crowns and forced even more debt onto universities.
“Saskatchewan businesses keep delivering on a strong economy, but the Sask. Party has been struggling, shuffling money between bank accounts in order to manufacture numbers and using improper reporting,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP finance critic. “Selling off assets like a Crown corporation and affordable homes, draining the long-term savings account and still managing to increase the debt are things that deeply concern the Opposition, and they’re inexcusable in a strong economy.”
The Sask. Party has not been building and repairing schools responsibly, neither from a needs perspective nor from a financial perspective.
New schools and school repairs are not necessarily going to the schools and communities with the most urgent need, according to the independent Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk, whose newest report evaluated education capital spending and several other topics.
Despite the pleas of communities, businesses and families for help, the Sask. Party has still not fixed a flooded-out section of Highway 2.
Since May 5, a major highway in north central Saskatchewan has been closed because of flooding. Residents say the Sask. Party government is ignoring their calls for more help while businesses suffer and families struggle with the added challenges resulting from the highway closure.
Energy-efficient upgrades to 16.9 per cent of homes is a good start – not a mission accomplished -- according to the NDP, which opposes the SaskParty’s decision to scrap the EnerGuide program.
As the Sask. Party and SaskEnergy are warning homeowners to complete the required evaluations to qualify for the incentive program by the end of June, the NDP said the program should be extended.
"The program is working well, and has a lot more work to do," said Cathy Sproule, NDP critic for the environment and for SaskEnergy.