Sask. Party government leaves restaurants in the lurch

REGINA - NDP Economy and Jobs Critic Aleana Young joined with Joshua McLean, owner Homestead Bar A Vin in Regina today to call on the Sask. Party government to extend off-sale privileges for restaurants and taverns as they continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic on their businesses. 

“The Sask. Party government has done a real disservice to small businesses like restaurants and tavern through the course of the pandemic. They were told to stay open while their customers were told to stay home — leaving many small businesses with the  worst of both worlds,” said Young. “Now that restrictions are being lifted, it makes no sense to hit them with a surprise decision that will impact bottom-lines and business viability with no warning.”

NDP calls on Sask. Party government to lower SGI rates

REGINA - With Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) reserves now sitting at $1.1 billion dollars according to the Saskatchewan Auto Fund 2021 Annual Report, Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Critic for SGI Aleana Young called on the Sask. Party government to return excess earnings to Saskatchewan people through lower rates.

“Even with the rebate called for by the NDP being delivered to Saskatchewan families, SGI still has a significant surplus of funds beyond what’s needed to ensure rate stability,” said Meili. “It’s not right for the Sask. Party to be holding on to excess funds - that’s not what public auto insurance is supposed to be about. That money is supposed to go back to Saskatchewan families through lower rates.”

SASK NDP calls for immediate action to contain COVID-19 outbreak in Northern communities, increase vaccination rates

LA RONGE – Today, Official NDP Opposition Health Critic Vicki Mowat and Official NDP Opposition Critic for Northern Affairs Doyle Vermette, sounded the alarm on the current crisis in Hatchet Lake Denesuline Nation and demanded that the government immediately deploy resources to help the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority. 

Sask NDP joins the Calling Lakes EcoMuseum in renewed calls for Wetland Policy and stronger protections for Saskatchewan’s lakes and rivers

LUMSDEN – Today Erika Ritchie, Official Opposition Critic for Environment, and the Water Security Agency, and Official Opposition Deputy Leader Nicole Sarauer joined with Aura Lee, Chair of the Calling Lakes EcoMuseum (CLEM), to call on the Government of Saskatchewan to address the current state of water quality in the province and to implement a provincial Wetland Policy. 

Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada that currently does not have a wetlands policy, despite Saskatchewan having the greatest area of watersheds with no natural outlets in Canada.

“We’re seeing the result of this government’s neglect, with algae blooms now beginning earlier in the season, lasting longer, and resulting in toxin levels above recreational advisory levels. That means families can’t go out and enjoy all that this beautiful province has to offer,” said Ritchie. “Municipalities have been asking the Sask. Party and this government for some leadership on this front, but this Minister continues to sit on his hands. There are real people, real families being affected by this.”

NDP calls for real investment to reverse Sask. Party’s legacy of failure on rural connectivity

REGINA - NDP Critic for SaskTel Trent Wotherspoon called on the provincial government to stand up for rural communities and allow SaskTel to invest properly in rural connectivity.

“Rural residents deserve so much better from this Sask. Party government, a government that’s taken them for granted for too long,” said Wotherspoon. “We hear a lot from families who want to know why this government won’t make rural connectivity a priority. In the 21st century, connectivity isn’t a luxury; it’s an essential service.”

STATEMENT ON THE DISCOVERY OF UNMARKED GRAVES AT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SITE AT COWESSESS FIRST NATION

STATEMENT BY NDP LEADER RYAN MEILI AND BETTY NIPPI-ALBRIGHT, CRITIC FOR FIRST NATIONS AND MÉTIS RELATIONS & TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION, ON THE DISCOVERY OF UNMARKED GRAVES AT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SITE AT COWESSESS FIRST NATION

REGINA - Like so many people in Saskatchewan and across the country we heard the news of the horrific discovery of unmarked graves at Cowessess First Nation with sadness and anger. Unfortunately we cannot say that this discovery is a surprise but it remains deeply, deeply shocking. 

This will not be the only grim discovery in this province and as we grapple with the truth of these deaths. We cannot let ourselves become desensitized. 

We cannot look away. We have to face these horrors head on and take real, meaningful and swift action on Truth and Reconciliation. Thoughts and prayers are simply not enough.