John Nilson – who has served as a cabinet minister, attorney general and leader of the Opposition – will retire as a Member of the Legislative Assembly at the next provincial election.
“John has been a strong and steady presence for the families of Regina Lakeview and the people of Saskatchewan, as well our team here at the Legislature,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “He has always brought to the job an abundance of common sense, a wealth of knowledge about issues as well as our province's people and history, an unwavering commitment to fairness for Saskatchewan families, and a passion for the arts, literature and poetry.
“John's contributions to Saskatchewan are many and I have no doubt that he will continue making important contributions to our province and the global community long after he retires as an MLA."
Families of seniors in care facilities, staff and the NDP have raised very serious concerns about short-staffing on the front lines while administration and middle management becomes bloated, yet the government’s solution to the crisis at the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home is simply to add a consultant and new oversight committee.
The creation of the consultant position and a committee was announced by the government Thursday in response to allegations last week that a resident had been physically assaulted by a staff member at the Regina care home. Santa Maria has also been plagued by concerns about short-staffing and resident neglect, as have most other care facilities throughout the province.
The premier says he may freeze the funding for health care, education, universities and municipalities – even while he continues to spend wildly on pet projects like the Lean fiasco, the smart meter mess and carbon capture.
"It may mean saying to all our third party partners plan on zero per cent. Plan on between zero and one percent possibly, or certainly, something under cost of living," Brad Wall said of funding for those critical services, according to the CBC. Meanwhile, the government continues to sign cheques and fork over cash for its pet projects.
“$1.6 billion for the carbon capture experiment. A 228 per cent increase in highly paid consultants. Losing and giving away tens of millions in its dangerous smart meter mess. More than $100 million for the toxic John Black Lean program, including a $40 million payday for the American Lean consultant,” said NDP Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon. “Asking Saskatchewan families to accept cuts in health care and education in order for the government to plow ahead and keep spending on pet projects – that’s just plain wrong.”
Newest smart meter fire couldn’t have been caused by rain
It’s time to walk away from smart meter manufacturer Sensus and demand a full refund, according to the NDP after yet another smart meter fire Tuesday.
NDP Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon also called on the government to come clean about the dangers of smart meters on homes over the winter. It claimed Saskatchewan families would be safe because the rash of smart meter fires had been caused by rain, but with Tuesday’s fire in sub-zero temperatures, that’s obviously not true.
“It’s time to break it off with this company that has created one fire-prone dud model after another,” said Wotherspoon. “Get our money back, and get Sensus meters out of Saskatchewan permanently.”
Heartland Health Region saved $12,690 on multi-million-dollar Lean pet project
The government’s Lean pet project is again showing that it isn’t saving any money while it makes health care worse, according to a fourth region now reporting meagre savings on the pricey program.
Documents obtained through access to information laws show that Heartland Health Region reports saving only $12,690 through John Black’s Lean program.
That amount joins the $26,648 the Cypress Health Region reporting saving as a result of John Black's version of Lean; the $17,465 in savings reported by Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region; and the $131.26 saved in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. John Black Lean is in its fourth year in Saskatchewan.