NDP, advocates call for changes as Sask. Party’s cancellation of net-metering program causes job and investment loss
John Brazill, Donna Nelson and Shanon Zachidniak of the Wascana Solar Co-operative joined the NDP at the Legislature today to speak to the damage the Sask. Party has done to the solar energy industry in the province and to call for the reversal of changes to the net-metering program.
“The Sask. Party didn’t just damage this important industry in our province, they devastated it,” said NDP Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “The Sask. Party has done nothing but let people down and we’re seeing the destructive effects their changes are having on Saskatchewan businesses and jobs every day.”
Today, Saskatchewan NDP Health critic Vicki Mowat introduced a one-clause bill to include employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in the Public Interest Disclosure Act, the province’s whistleblower legislation.
“The Sask. Party government doesn’t need to wait to protect these hard-working employees—they could do it today,” Mowat said. “After their recent attempts to silence doctors and other health employees, this government needs to make it crystal clear that those who come forward with concerns will be protected.”
Today at the Legislature, NDP Leader Ryan Meili was joined by Makwa Sahgaiehcan Chief Ronald Mitsuing to push the government to support the NDP’s bill to implement a suicide prevention strategy.
“Families are hurting, communities across the province are hurting, and they are all looking for answers from the government,” Meili said. “Right now, we’re seeing the suicide crisis get worse, not better, because we don’t have a government that is putting people first.
On Wednesday morning the Sask. Party government shut down a motion that would have compelled the manager of two government investment funds to explain a $16.4 million combined loss.
At this morning's meeting of the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies, Sask. Party government members voted down a motion from NDP Central Services Critic Cathy Sproule to question Grant Kook about the losses racked up by the First Nations and Metis Fund (FNMF) and Saskatchewan Immigrant Investor Fund (SIIF), both of which were bankrolled with public money.
“How did the Sask. Party let it get this bad?”: NDP calls for action as issues mount at Pioneer Village
Mold in wards and staff layoffs at the Pioneer Village senior complex in Regina are two of the latest issues brought on by inaction by the Sask. Party, leaving the NDP calling for answers.
“People are being let down by the Sask. Party government – whether it’s the staff at Pioneer Village or the patients and their families,” said NDP Deputy Leader Nicole Sarauer. “It’s frustrating that it’s gotten to this point and we still haven’t seen a plan from the government to invest in long-term care here in Regina.”
“A smaller loophole isn't good enough”: NDP Ethics & Democracy Critic David Forbes says rule change insufficient
NDP Ethics and Democracy Critic David Forbes slammed the Sask. Party government for failing to close a loophole in the lobbyist act in legislation they tabled today.
“A smaller loophole isn't good enough,” said Forbes. “Under the new threshold, a lobbyist could meet a Minister for coffee every single week for more than six months without anybody knowing.