Wages in Saskatchewan are heading in the wrong direction, with an average 1 per cent drop in weekly earnings in just one month – more than double Alberta’s drop.
Between October and November 2015, the average hourly wage, including overtime, in Saskatchewan dropped 1.1 per cent. Adding in slowing wages over the previous year, the annual drop is 1.2 per cent. By comparison, between October and November, Alberta’s average hourly wage dropped 0.5 per cent.
“Saskatchewan families are working hard and doing all they can, but many are finding it tougher and tougher to get by,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “The economy is in a tough spot for many families, and the Sask. Party is ignoring it and instead of taking action, they just keep pumping out bizarrely glowing news releases instead of dealing with reality and delivering for families.
“Natural resources are going to continue to play an important role in Saskatchewan’s economy – but Sask. Party choices like decimating the film industry, scrapping programs for entrepreneurs, and shipping contracts worth billions to the United States, the United Kingdom, France and elsewhere have weakened our economy – that’s not putting Saskatchewan’s economy and Saskatchewan jobs first. We’re paying more for the Sask. Party to ship public money and mortgage-paying jobs to other countries, when they should be created here.”
Wotherspoon said the impact on the province’s budget is unclear, since the Sask. Party refuses to release an audited report or their budget plans.
“Last we saw, the Sask. Party was running a $262 million deficit, even with extra fudging like counting 15 months of Crown revenue and overly optimistic resource revenue assumptions,” said Wotherspoon. “They were cutting health and education to make up the difference, instead of their wasteful spending.
“The wasteful spending – like Lean – is still going strong. That makes Saskatchewan families worried about what they’re hiding and it represents a major risk. More cuts? Deeper deficit? Unprecedented privatization?”