With many people facing lay-offs or reduced income as the end of the month approaches, NDP Leader Ryan Meili is calling on Scott Moe to provide direct, immediate financial aid to Saskatchewan people. Rather than creating various categories of people who will be eligible for financial aid, the province needs to prioritize speed with a far-reaching aid package. 

“The plans released to date leave too many falling through the cracks. To keep our economy afloat and to ensure people are able to cover their basic needs, we need the province to take quick action,” said Meili. “We are calling on Scott Moe to provide immediate direct support for people in Saskatchewan.”

Meili also questioned the decision to allow employers to lay off workers without notice or pay-in-lieu and no certainty of being rehired. While those layoffs may make workers eligible for EI, over 500,000 Canadians applied for EI last week, which will cause delays for people in receiving benefits.

“The decision to allow lay-offs without notice or pay-in-lieu will leave workers without any way to pay their bills as they wait for EI,” said Meili. “We cannot leave people without any money in their pockets in this crisis. We are calling for fast action to help people.

“As the Official Opposition, we are proposing these measures with the health and well-being of Saskatchewan people as our top priority, and we stand ready to help the government develop the best plan to support Saskatchewan people during this difficult time.”