The NDP spent the legislative week calling on the Sask. Party to consider facts, consultation and research before pushing its agenda.
“The Sask. Party is stubborn,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “It has been pushing its agenda without listening, without research and without evidence.”
The Sask. Party’s provincial budget cuts health care, fails students and schools and relies on short-sighted privatization schemes.
In health care, the Sask. Party’s budget features a $54 million shortfall for health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, and no new long-term care facilities for seniors – only recycled announcements.
NDP Leader Cam Broten’s first week in the Legislature was used to get to work on the areas he’ll focus on as leader of the official Opposition, Saskatchewan’s NDP.
“I’ll cooperate with the government and support things that are working in Saskatchewan,” said Broten. “But I want to see changes where Saskatchewan deserves better, including a sustainable growth plan for education and better long-term care for seniors.”
A bill to create a registry of public buildings which contain asbestos has moved forward with unanimous support in the Legislature – a rare victory for a private member’s bill.
The Asbestos Right-to-Know Act, also dubbed Howard’s Law, is a private member’s bill that was introduced by NDP Leader Cam Broten in November. In a first-week victory for the new NDP leader, Broten’s bill passed second reading and will now move into the committee phase.
Some NDP MLAs will have a new role today when the assembly resumes sitting with Cam Broten leading the official Opposition.
“I met individually with each of the MLAs on the team, and we are all excited about making today a new day for the NDP,” said Broten. “Shuffling shadow cabinet responsibilities is about matching each NDP MLA with the issues they have a passion for – the areas in which they think Saskatchewan can do better, especially when it comes to long-term sustainability and smart growth.”