In a three-hour face-to-face session this week, NDP Leader Cam Broten called on the premier to explain how the Sask. Party is struggling to deliver basics like education and housing when the economy in Saskatchewan is performing well.
"It’s a serious concern that the Sask. Party is struggling in such a strong economy," said Broten. "When it comes to important things like seniors care and education, the Sask. Party is making cuts and failing to help people who need it."
Broten brought the story of Trina Mackie to the Assembly this week, one of many on a multi-year waiting list for affordable housing that is accessible for people with disabilities. A 29-year old, single mom with muscular dystrophy, Mackie is trapped in her upper-floor apartment. She crawls down and up the stairs when she has to, but has suffered multiple concussions and more than a dozen broken bones because her current housing isn’t safe for her.
Mackie’s doctors say she needs a safe home – but the Sask. Party says she will have to get in a long line for those who need an accessible place to live.
"Nobody should ever be in a dangerous situation like Trina’s," said Broten. "With good times in Saskatchewan, it makes no sense that the Sask. Party can’t do better for people who need affordable or accessible homes."
Broten and the NDP team also raised concerns over the Sask. Party’s failure to fund education, despite the strong economy:
- The gym at Sacred Heart Community School in north central Regina has been closed because of major structural damage. The school has been asking the Sask. Party to fix the problem for six years, and now the students and community groups who rely on the facility are locked out, and told that help is not in this year’s budget.
- The University of Regina has been forced to turn to students to pay for the Sask. Party’s underfunding. This week, the University announced a 4.5 per cent tuition increase for undergraduate students and a 10 per cent increase for graduate students.
- The University of Saskatchewan has been forced to sell off a flock of 300 sheep the school has maintained for 100 years. The University has to make up a $44 million operating budget deficit caused by the Sask. Party government. The sheep were used for teaching and research in the agriculture and veterinary colleges.
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For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office