Premier resigns as Saskatchewan people face tough challenges

More people leaving Saskatchewan to find opportunity than in 2007

While the Sask. Party focusses on electing their next leader and the next Premier, Saskatchewan people are paying the price for a decade of the Sask. Party mismanaging the economy, and the heartless cuts and unfair tax hikes in the Sask. Party’s last budget. More and more Saskatchewan people are losing their jobs and over 50 per cent more Saskatchewan people felt compelled to leave our province in 2017 than did in 2007, when the Sask. Party were first elected.

“While other provinces are growing their economy and creating more jobs, Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in two decades. For the first time in over 40 years, Saskatchewan's unemployment rate is higher than the national average,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “The fact is, the Sask. Party’s mismanagement of the economy and the cruel and heartless decisions they made in their last budget are forcing a growing number of Saskatchewan people to leave the province to find work.”

Across Canada, the majority of new jobs are created by small and medium-sized businesses but a report released last week by the Business Development Bank (BDC) on the investment intentions of Canadian entrepreneurs in 2018 showed that Saskatchewan had the lowest investment outlook from these businesses in the country, outside Atlantic provinces.  

Saskatchewan was one of only two provinces in Canada to have fewer people jobs at the end 2017 than the year before. In fact, while Saskatchewan had 700 fewer jobs in December 2017 than the year before, Manitoba created 11,800 jobs in the same time while Alberta and BC created nearly 55,000 and 74,000 jobs respectively.

“For the last five years, we’ve seen more people having to leave Saskatchewan to find opportunity and that number is getting bigger,” said Mowat. “All the Sask. Party’s candidates for leader had a role in the Sask. Party’s cruel and heartless decisions so, no matter who they pick to be their leader, it’s going to be the same mismanagement of our economy, heartless cuts, and unfair tax hikes.”