Deportation shameful for governments

Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi came to Saskatchewan for education and opportunity, but were deported today after the provincial government failed to get results from Ottawa.

“Canada should be a nation of compassion and Saskatchewan the province of opportunity. Forcing Victoria and Favour to return to Nigeria because of an honest mistake is an injustice, and a shameful embarrassment for the province,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten.

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Doctor recruitment strategy must be overhauled

The government has already reduced hours or shut the doors on emergency rooms in dozens of communities, and the provincial capital is potentially next on the list. It’s time for an overhaul of the physician recruitment strategy, according to the NDP.

“The government’s job in a growing province is to plan for growth – to put pieces like more doctors and infrastructure in place. This government didn’t do that,” said NDP health critic Danielle Chartier. “Health care workers and families are doing their best to take care of everyone, but the government isn’t doing its part. There are fewer doctors in the Pasqua Hospital emergency room – not more – and that means something has to change.”

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Another hit to economic diversity, government cancels innovation program

The technology industry has been dealt a blow by the government – along with the much-needed economic diversity the NDP has been calling for – with the closure of SpringBoard West Innovations.

“Saskatchewan’s NDP is very optimistic about the future of natural resources in the province,” said NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon. “But, those commodities will see highs and lows. Saskatchewan people and businesses have given the province a great economic opportunity and this government should be using that opportunity to diversify the economy and build long-term, stable prosperity.”

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Government’s lack of oversight leads to medical school probation

On this government’s watch, the province’s only medical school has been put on probation.

“This government can’t be trusted to manage the details,” said NDP post-secondary education critic Warren McCall. “Despite being warned in 2011 of the problems at the medical school – despite being given two years to fix them and having a dedicated partner in the university administration – this government allowed the province’s only medical school to be put on probation.”

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Government seniors-care review does not address biggest problem

Despite its own review confirming crisis-level understaffing leaving seniors in care homes in desperate conditions, the government is not addressing chronically low staffing levels and their devastating results.

The government report, released today, shows seniors in care homes may go more than a week without a bath and are not given medications on schedule. Continent residents are left to soil themselves when no staff person is available to help them get to the toilet. The report describes short-staffing affecting morning and evening routines, with some seniors required to get out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and back into bed for the night at 5:30 p.m.

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