In light of the report from Husky on its pipeline spill, we are reaffirming our call to move away from having companies police themselves when it comes to pipeline inspections. The spill showed how devastating an incident like that can be to the water that many families drink and use in everyday life, but it also showed what little work is being done by the Sask. Party government to make pipeline safety a priority. The government only conducted 78 pipeline inspections last year, while the government of Alberta conducted more than 2,000. That will have to change moving forward.
In health care, the Sask. Party’s track record is one of mismanagement, cuts, clawbacks, and waste. A refusal to honour collectively bargained agreements is being added to the list. Despite being part of the collective bargaining agreement, the Minister of Health is now refusing to fund the Joint Job Evaluations (JJE) which ensures health care workers are paid for the skills they bring to the job.
The Sask. Party’s mismanagement of Saskatchewan’s finances is continuing to become more apparent, as the Finance Minister revealed today that even with the Sask. Party openly breaking election promises, their deficit this year will likely balloon to over a billion dollars.
Although many questions still remain surrounding the GTH land scandal, it has become clear that talking points, not the truth, reign supreme on the Sask. Party benches.
Today in Question period, the Saskatchewan NDP called out the Sask. Party for failing to adequately support healthcare services in the north.
Today’s, Statistics Canada numbers show that nearly 11,000 fewer people are working in Saskatchewan compared to the same time last year, including 4,200 job losses in just the last month. More troubling is that almost all of the jobs lost were full-time positions.