Statement by Leader of the Official Opposition Trent Wotherspoon on the wild fires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta
Like all Saskatchewan people, I’m saddened by the destruction and loss caused by the forest fire in Fort McMurray and I know that all Saskatchewan people are keeping the residents of Fort McMurray in their thoughts and prayers.
I’m struck by the harrowing stories of families rushing to leave with nothing more than the clothes on their back. The pictures and video from the evacuation are truly terrifying. But I’m also struck by the resolve and generosity of the residents taking care of each other, sharing supplies, and opening their homes to evacuees.
Even with a looming auditor’s investigation, calls for a judicial inquiry, a lawsuit, and the involvement of the RCMP, the Sask. Party is still doing all they can to hide the facts of the GTH Land Scandal.
Today, the results of the “CAA Saskatchewan Worst Roads Campaign” were released. Over 4,000 votes were submitted over the three week campaign.
Though the poll ranks the most dangerous roads, it’s clear the only real winners are the private consultants and foreign companies who the Sask. Party have been paying more and more to, while they pave less and less.
With almost all of Saskatchewan already rated at either a “high” or “extreme” risk of wildfire, the NDP is calling on the Sask. Party government to reverse their cuts to wildfire management and restore funding to 2009/10 levels.
Despite Brad Wall's attempts to blame the federal government, it is the Sask. Party who cut per student funding in growing school divisions and have left Saskatchewan students with less support.
“The Premier knows full well that the underfunding in Saskatchewan classrooms started with his cuts," said NDP Education Critic Carla Beck. "The strain on teachers and educational assistants and the diminishing support for Saskatchewan students were very real, before our province generously welcomed Syrian refugees."
Since the Sask. Party cut the budget for surgeries last year, the number of people waiting over three months for surgery has grown by an alarming 174 per cent and those waiting more than six months for surgery has doubled.