The NDP Opposition plans to use the fall sitting of the legislature to hold the government to account for failing to hold up its end of the deal on education, seniors care and building long-term stability in the economy.
“Saskatchewan people are doing their part to drive Saskatchewan’s economy and growth, and take care of their families,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “But the government isn’t holding up its end of the deal.
“Seniors care and education are getting worse, and it has to stop.”
Continuing to fight the seniors care crisis brought to light by the NDP in the spring will be a top priority for Broten and the Opposition during the legislative session, as well as continuing to demand better for students after the government created several problems in pre-K to 12 Education.
“The government now knows what Saskatchewan families have known for a long time; because of short-staffing in seniors care homes, call buttons ring unanswered and seniors are left to soil themselves because there’s no one to help them to the bathroom. Because there are not enough staff, seniors are woken up at 5:30 in the morning, miss meals and don’t get even a weekly bath. It’s just unacceptable.”
Broten said when it comes to education, the government has had its priorities wrong.
“This government should have been focused on building the schools we need and putting resources into the classroom. Instead, it’s been stubbornly pushing ahead with its old-fashioned standardized testing regime, taking millions of dollars out of the classroom and forcing teachers to spend time on administration and data collection. We’re going to challenge this government to do the right thing for kids, and start listening to teachers and parents.”
The NDP will also push for economic diversification – a way to turn today’s prosperity into long-term economic growth and stability.
“I’m optimistic about the future of all Saskatchewan’s natural resources,” said Broten. “But, this government is putting all our eggs in one basket. That’s not common sense, it’s not smart growth and it’s not what Saskatchewan families want for our future.”
For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus