In response to the Sask. Party’s introduction of outdated estimates in place of a 2020-21 budget, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called the Sask. Party’s gesture a failed response to the arrival of COVID-19, and called on Scott Moe to take urgent action to support Saskatchewan people’s health and economic wellbeing.

“People in Saskatchewan were already struggling to make ends meet before COVID-19 upended our lives and our economy,” said Meili. “Today federal measures were announced today that will reduce some of the pressure. Now we as a province need to step up immediately with matching measures to flatten the curve, support the delivery of health services, and get Saskatchewan people and businesses the support they need to weather this difficult moment.”

Meili called for urgent action from the province to flatten the curve, including banning gatherings of more than 50 people, clear instructions to businesses and organizations, and measures to increase the capacity of the health system, as well as a financial aid package to help people in the province now. Beyond the immediate needs, Meili called for the development of an economic stimulus plan to protect people from a prolonged economic downturn during the recovery from COVID-19. 

“We are facing a global health pandemic that’s threatening the lives, livelihoods, and economic foundations of the people of our province,” said NDP Finance critic Trent Wotherspoon. “We need a plan for today, and we’ve yet to see that from this government.”