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.”
A leader has a duty to unite. Scott Moe’s letter to the Prime Minister this morning does the opposite.
A leader doesn’t just get angry and point fingers. A leader does the work to find solutions to the challenges we are facing.
And the challenges Saskatchewan faces are not insignificant.
Yesterday, the Sask. Party government proposed a new committee to examine the issue of class sizes, as teachers face increasingly large classes.
The Sask. Party has had a few education committees, but they haven’t produced results.
NDP Leader Ryan Meili has called on Premier Scott Moe to reverse today's cut to the net metering program and immediately return to the previous 1:1 net metering credit rate.
Moe announced today his government would be eliminating the rebate from their net metering program and slashing the excess power credit rate from 14 cents per kilowatt hour to 7.5 cents.
NDP call on Sask. Party to reverse decision to scrap solar program and get to work consulting with businesses
Business owners such as Bradyn Parisian, founder and owner of Mo’ Solar Company, have been let down by the Sask. Party when they promised to consult and come up with a plan for the net metering program they scrapped. In order to stop the devastation of this industry, the hurt caused to the economy, and to protect jobs, the NDP is calling on the government to reverse its decision to halt the program and get to work in consulting with those in the industry that have been hurt by the cut.
“This is an industry that was growing strong in the province, but the Sask. Party brought it to a stop without a plan forward,” said NDP Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “The Sask. Party’s disgraceful approach has left local businesses and workers in the dark, and jobs are being lost. The focus needs to be on building these workers and businesses up, not shutting them out.”
NDP Leader Ryan Meili says Sask. Party boasting about population growth doesn’t tell the whole story.
“Bragging about population growth while refusing to fund increasing enrolment in schools shows, yet again, that the Sask. Party is clean out of ideas to make our province better,” Meili said. “Crowded classrooms and crowded emergency rooms are symptoms of how Scott Moe and the Sask. Party are letting people down.”