Sask. Party puts people last in financial struggle

Despite the strong economy the Sask. Party is making painful cuts, leaving some people and institutions in crisis.

This week at the legislature, NDP Leader Cam Broten and the NDP team shone a light on the affect of cuts and funding shortfalls the Sask. Party is stubbornly forcing onto seniors, vulnerable children and SIAST students and staff.

"The fact that the Sask. Party is struggling in such a strong economy is worrisome," said Broten. "The fact that Saskatchewan families are bearing the brunt of the Sask. Party's decisions is unacceptable."

Senior Michael Lilley and others like him rely on home-care services that allow them to live independently at home, instead of a hospital or seniors home. But, Lilley and other seniors received a shocking letter from the government informing them their home-care services have been cut off.

The letter told vulnerable home-care patients to "explore the yellow-pages" for help. The insensitive letter added insult to injury, according to Broten.

“Providing home-care services, rather than further crowding our hospitals, is just common sense,” said Broten. “Home care gives our grandmas and grandpas more dignity and a better quality of life, and it reduces overcrowding and costs in our health-care system.”

Broten and the NDP team raised several other examples of the Sask. Party’s short-sighted cuts and funding shortfalls affecting people today, and risking Saskatchewan’s future:

  • SIAST’s financial situation is “not acceptable nor sustainable,” according to SIAST CEO Larry Rosia. The NDP released an email from Rosia which shows the school will now have to look to make cuts as a result of the Sask. Party government’s funding shortfall.
  • Children in care don’t get the time or attention they need from social workers or care workers, according to the annual report of the independent Children’s Advocate. The Sask. Party cut 145 jobs in two years from the ministry of social services, which cares for foster children and vulnerable youth.
  • The condition of highways is being blasted by drivers throughout the province in an online poll sponsored by CAA Saskatchewan – but the Sask. Party cut $5.5 million from this year’s highways budget and promised to transfer another $6 million away from highways and into a privatization experiment.

The NDP’s ground breaking new law that will require the government to collect and display online information about which public buildings contain asbestos passed its final vote Thursday. Showing a constructive, cooperative and common-sense approach to politics, Broten introduced the bill in the fall and worked to move Sask. Party MLAs from their original opposition all the way to Thursday’s unanimous vote in favour.

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For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office