Session ends with Sask. Party still dodging accountability

As Premier Wall leaves the Legislature for the last time as Premier, he leaves a Sask. Party government that continues to make Saskatchewan people pay for Sask. Party mismanagement, scandal and waste.

“We congratulate the Premier for his many years of service to the province and wish him well in whatever comes next,” said NDP Leader Nicole Sarauer. “The end of session and the changes happening in the leadership of our parties, don’t change the struggles being faced by Saskatchewan people and they don’t change our resolve to keep fighting for those people against the Sask. Party’s heartless cuts and unfair tax hikes.”

Even on the last day of this session, the Sask. Party continued to dodge questions about their GTH scandal and the millions of taxpayer dollars that were wasted in acquiring land for it and the Regina bypass. They refused to explain how some of that money ended up in the pockets of Sask. Party supporters or answer for the many failings of everything from the GTH and the Bypass to the continued loss of jobs in Saskatchewan and the heartless cuts to education and healthcare.

Despite promises to not sell the Crowns, the Sask. Party scrapped and are selling-off STC, and have even presented new changes that will leave the door open for even more sell-offs.

“The Sask. Party had the opportunity to change course but they failed to take it and refused to start putting Saskatchewan people ahead of corporations and the wealthy and well-off,” Sarauer said. “There are 6,400 fewer jobs than a year ago, the Sask. Party’s cuts are deepening the growing crisis in the North, families are struggling to make ends meet and small businesses and municipalities are being forced to pass on the Sask. Party’s cuts and tax hikes to the rest of us. It’s clear the Sask. Party government has forgotten who they work for.”

During this session, the government did adopt some portions of the NDP’s private member’s bill to support survivors of domestic violence.

“It was another good step on this issue but they have, once again, missed an opportunity to do more,” said Sarauer.