With people who were lowballed for land purchased for the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) now speaking out, NDP Leader Cam Broten says Brad Wall and his cabinet need to get back to the legislature and explain why they treated the owners of one stretch of land so differently.
“We’ve yet to hear any explanation at all from Mr. Wall for why the two businessmen who owned one parcel of land were paid a colossal price, while every other land owner was threatened with expropriation and given a much lower price,” said Broten. “If there is any justification whatsoever for handing over $21 million of taxpayers' money for a piece of land worth just a fraction of that – let’s hear it.
“Let’s get back into the legislature, debate this controversial land deal, and hear Mr. Wall explain why his signature is on that order.”Read more
Negotiations with nurses stall over the number of nurses on shift
With negotiations between the Sask. Party government and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses stalled, NDP Health critic Danielle Chartier is urging the Sask. Party to realize that low staffing levels are a real problem they can’t keep ignoring.Read more
Members of the Sask. Party blocked a motion to thoroughly investigate a highly troubling Sask. Party land purchase at the Global Transportation Hub, and provide an update on that investigation before the provincial election.
“Voting against a public report on the actions of the premier and his cabinet is beyond weak and nothing short of disgusting,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “This Global Transportation Hub land deal and the millions wasted by the Sask. Party is incredibly disturbing, and no one can suggest otherwise.”
The motion, presented in an amended form by Wotherspoon at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Wednesday, was blocked with a ‘no’ vote by every Sask. Party member of the committee.Read more
Specialist doctors quitting over government’s attempt to change a contract’s structure
The NDP is furious that Health Minister Dustin Duncan says he won’t do a thing about fleeing radiologists, prioritizing a plan to change the structure of their contract over physician retention and patient care.
The radiologists are leaving due to the Sask. Party’s move to stop a Regina radiology group from renewing their contract as a group. The move has led to highly skilled radiology specialists leaving the province, including Regina’s only radiologists doing cardiac MRIs, and including six radiologists under the age of 40.Read more
English as an Additional Language program funding cut this year
The NDP says it wants a mid-year funding adjustment for schools immediately, including resources for English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs.
That call comes as the director of education for the Regina Public School Board pointed to upwards of 900 new EAL students entering classrooms, including 165 refugee students from Syria; but still only 38 EAL teachers for the whole division.Read more