Budget reveals more cuts, more fees and no plan to protect and create jobs
As the government presented their budget, Saskatchewan families and seniors were left wondering why, instead of coming clean before the election, the Sask. Party chose to hide their plans to cut the programs and services people depend on.
In the wake of the Sask. Party’s smart meter and carbon capture debacles, SaskPower announced today that they will need two more rounds of rate increases within the next twelve months.
“Time after time this government shrugged off concerns around how their failed projects would hurt Saskatchewan families, but plowed ahead with them anyway,” said NDP Crown Investments Corporation critic Carla Beck. “But here we are again being told that our SaskPower bills will go up this summer and then again, right after Christmas.”
Less than a year after a man passed away due to services cut at the Preeceville & District Integrated Health Care Facility, the Sask. Party government has chosen to cut the services all together.
Despite struggling oil and resource prices and weekly announcements of job losses, today’s Speech from the Throne shows the Sask. Party has no real plan to create jobs, diversify the economy or invest in hospitals, our children’s classrooms, and the services Saskatchewan people rely on.
NDP welcomes Prime Minister’s agreement to also extend EI benefits the people of southern Saskatchewan
Standing with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reversed course today and moved to include workers in Southern Saskatchewan in the extended employment insurance benefits announced to other regions in the recent federal budget.
"This is victory that is shared by hard working people across the province but it's no coincidence that the Prime Minister chose to make this announcement with Premier Notley in Alberta and not here," said NDP Jobs Critic Warren McCall. "Premier Wall sent an angry tweet following the budget but refused to engage in a way that would bring assistance to the families in Southern Saskatchewan who had been excluded from receiving these much-needed benefits.”
Saskatchewan currently has 9,400 fewer full time jobs than it did at this time last year according to recent numbers released by Statistics Canada.
Educational services was among the sectors worst hit as it saw 5,200 fewer jobs year over year – a stat that is very concerning to NDP jobs critic Warren McCall who said that education is among the last places Saskatchewan families should see job losses in.