Statement by Official Opposition Critic for Truth and Reconciliation, First Nations and Métis Relations Betty Nippi-Albright – Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Statement reads as follows:

“Today, on Red Dress Day, we acknowledge the historic and continued exploitation of our mothers, daughters, granddaughters, aunties, cousins, and sisters. The issues that have led to this long-standing tragedy run deep in our country’s colonial heritage and are exacerbated by ongoing systemic racism and inaction. 

Sask. Party blocks NDP fines for organizing anti-mask protests

REGINA – Over the weekend, Sask. Party MLAs voted against stronger fines for organizers breaking provincial health orders around mass gatherings. 

On Saturday, May 1, Official Opposition Deputy Leader Nicole Sarauer moved amendments to  Bill 23 - The Emergency Planning Amendment Act. These amendments proposed a specific offense for organizing a protest in contravention of public health measures with a fine of not less than $10,000. On Friday, April 20, Sarauer wrote the government to inform them of her intent to introduce these amendments.

NDP Private Member’s Bill on Suicide Prevention Passes In SK legislature

Vermette: This is a win for all the families who have been fighting for stronger supports

REGINA – Today, the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan passed Bill 601, The Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act, 2021 introduced by NDP Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions Doyle Vermette. Vermette has long advocated for the implementation of a suicide prevention strategy in the province and was elated by the passing of the bill.

Internal report shows Sask. Party failed to act to keep seniors safe

REGINA – Today, the Official Opposition released an internal Saskatchewan Health Authority report compiled from a visit by SHA officials to Extendicare Parkside on December 2, 2020. The report flags inconsistencies and lack of PPE available to staff, in addition to concerns raised by frontline workers that they were being “harassed” by the employer if they reported feeling ill and self-isolated at home.