In light of comments made July 19 by a provincial court judge about the systemic shortage of Legal Aid lawyers in the Saskatoon Legal Aid office, NDP Justice Critic Nicole Sarauer is calling on Justice Minister Don Morgan to provide the resources needed to fix the problem, or resign.
“These comments from the bench speak to the seriousness of the resourcing problems at the Saskatoon Legal Aid office,” said Sarauer. “The Sask. Party government’s Minister of Justice is responsible for making sure Legal Aid has the resources it needs to advocate for vulnerable people. It’s clear from these comments that he is failing.”Read more
Overcapacity issues continue to plague the healthcare system and it’s making life harder for those trying to get proper mental health support.
“We have been constantly raising concerns about beds at the Irene and Leslie Dube Centre for Mental Health not being available because it is consistently overcapacity, but these concerns have not been taken seriously by the Sask. Party,” said NDP Health Critic Danielle Chartier. “Having patients with mental health challenges languish in emergency rooms or having multiple overnight stays in temporary ‘pods’ is not helpful, nor is it acceptable.”Read more
Statement by Deputy Leader and SGI Critic Carla Beck in response to the proposed meeting to coordinate training standards for tractor trailer operators
“The NDP want to encourage the government to work collaboratively with our neighbouring provinces to ensure adequate training and testing of operators in an effort to keep Saskatchewan highways as safe as possible.”
“We also encourage the province to look at best practices and work collaboratively with industry stakeholders.”
“Our truck drivers are an important part of a healthy economy. We need to ensure that they have the right training and tools to do the job.”
With the cancellation of the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement looming, the NDP is calling on the Sask. Party to reverse its heartless cut of the program that has helped so many vulnerable people throughout the province.
“Low income families and people with disabilities depend greatly on this supplement. They can’t afford to have this option taken off the table,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “This is the kind of short-term thinking that hurts people today and costs us all more in the long run.”Read more
Today, NDP Highways and Infrastructure Critic Buckley Belanger met with concerned Balgonie resident Jesse Edwards to discuss the safety, design and quality control of the Regina Bypass. One glaring issue is the hole in the Tower Road bridge overpass just east of Regina. There is also significant erosion taking place underneath that same overpass.
“The Regina Bypass is nothing short of a $2 billion disaster,” said Belanger. “We have overpasses that aren’t constructed to handle tractor trailers and farming equipment. We have overpasses that are literally crumbling as cars drive over them. The Sask. Party government wasted taxpayer dollars on what has now become a safety issue.”Read more