Beck reiterates Turner family’s call for Coroner's Inquest, action on record overdose deaths

REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Justice Critic Nicole Sarauer called on Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government to support the Turner family’s request for a Coroner’s inquest into the death of Shayne Turner.

“Shayne is just one of many Saskatchewan people who have tragically died because the Sask. Party government failed to fix the broken mental health system,” said Beck. “We have a mental health and addictions crisis in this province and 2023 needs to be a year of solutions, not slogans, from Scott Moe and his ministers.”

The Chief Coroner’s Office today announced that it would not hold an inquest into the death of Shayne Turner after the Turner family joined the Official Opposition at the Legislature in November to request that the provincial government push for one. The Coroner also revealed today that Saskatchewan is on track for record overdose deaths in 2022.

“The Turner family still has no answers about Shayne’s tragic death and they rightly insist upon an independent and transparent Coroner’s inquest,” said Sarauer. “I sincerely hope the Sask. Party government acts on these recommendations, but it’s clear to the Turner family and every family that has lost a loved one to the mental health and addictions crisis that real action is needed.”

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