On the first anniversary of the shutdown of Greyhound Canada services in Western Canada, and eight months after the Sask. Party walked away from $10 million in federal intercity transport funding, the Saskatchewan NDP is pushing the Sask. Party government to stop leaving federal money on the table and work with the feds on an intercity transit strategy.
ATU Canada, the Amalgamated Transit Union, is calling today on all levels of government to develop a strategy to build a new intercity transit service for future generations in the wake of the loss of Greyhound and STC.
The NDP says the Sask. Party needs to address the issues that are leading to overcrowding and hallway medicine. Since Angela McLean, who spent five days in a Pasqua Hospital hallway waiting for a room, shared her stories, others have begun to come forward to voice their concerns. The latest is an emergency room nurse who describes the Emergency Room as “a very stressful and unsafe place to work that recycles staff faster than bottles at SARCAN.”
The most expensive stretch of flat road in Canadian history was completed today.
But before the Sask. Party pops the bubbly, it's worth reminding people of the scandal-plagued, flawed process that left us holding the bag for an almost $2 billion stretch of road:
The Saskatchewan NDP is calling on the Sask. Party government to fully comply with the recent ruling of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and finally release all the details of their secret SaskTel sell-off scheme.
Today the Speaker also ruled on a question of privilege submitted by Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon asking the Speaker to determine whether House Leader Jeremy Harrison misled the House when he said, “what I can reiterate, Mr. Speaker, is that there have been no formal discussions as to what a transaction may or may not look like, and there have been no formal offers.”
Amid reports today that students in Saskatchewan face more violence than anywhere else in the country, Sask. Party MLAs voted down a motion from Education Critic Carla Beck to hold an emergency debate on the crisis in Saskatchewan classrooms.
Education and healthcare neglected in Throne Speech, NDP says
Today’s Throne Speech shows that Scott Moe is again letting people down by failing to address the crisis in Saskatchewan classrooms and emergency rooms. The speech relies heavily on pointing to increased investment since 2007, while ignoring recent cuts and failures.
“Parents expect a government that has a plan to deal with their child’s overcrowded classroom,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Families worry that they’ll be facing long wait times and hallway medicine in our hospitals. This Throne Speech makes it clear that Scott Moe doesn’t care about the significant challenges we’re seeing in his two largest areas of responsibility: health care and education.”