Saskatchewan NDP Caucus

NDP calls on federal government to drop legal case against former STC workers

Today, NDP Labour Critic Nicole Rancourt joined former STC employees in Saskatoon to call for the federal government to drop its lawsuit against former STC workers.

“The Sask. Party never should have shut down the STC, but it’s unacceptable for the federal government to be suing the former employees in federal court with an aim to take money out of their pockets,” said Rancourt. “The Sask. Party broke the law when they fired STC employees and those workers deserve the severance they were awarded.”

Reality check: Trump supporter who “wouldn’t waiver” is strange choice for Moe’s “new ally”

Last night, Premier Scott Moe didn’t just congratulate Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford on his election win, he said “tonight, Saskatchewan has a new ally.”

But in the wake of Donald Trump’s new tariffs – which have the potential to impact hundreds of steel jobs in Saskatchewan – Moe’s choice in allies raises more questions than answers.

Saskatchewan dead last again in job growth

For the second month in a row, numbers released by Statistics Canada show the Sask. Party government’s failure to create jobs has led to Saskatchewan having the worst job growth in Canada. In May 2018, 7,300 fewer people were working in Saskatchewan than in May 2017.

“These numbers show a startling trend that has been ongoing for years under the Sask. Party’s failed leadership,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “It’s disappointing to see our economy suffering and our workers struggling to find and keep employment. When you see job numbers like these, you can understand why people are leaving Saskatchewan for better opportunities in other provinces.”

Auditor’s report highlights how the Sask. Party is failing the province’s most vulnerable

The Provincial Auditor released volume one of its 2018 report today, and it shows the damaging effect that the Sask. Party’s cuts and clawbacks have had on Saskatchewan students with special needs as well as those dealing with mental health issues.

“We’re always grateful for the good work that the Auditor and her team does, but it’s disappointing to see in this report just how badly the Sask. Party is failing the most vulnerable people in our province,” said NDP Deputy Leader Carla Beck. “And this comes in light of the most recent budget from the Sask. Party, which saw a funding cut to the rental housing supplement and the failure to fully restore funding to school divisions.”

Lack of job opportunities driving people out of Saskatchewan

Recent statistics show that more people are leaving Saskatchewan to look for better job opportunities in our neighboring provinces out west.

“The Sask. Party has not improved the job market and has in fact cut nearly $3 million for job training programs in this year’s budget and we’re losing valuable workers because of it,” said NDP Jobs Critic Vicki Mowat. “We had the lowest GDP growth outside of Atlantic Canada for 2017. In April, Saskatchewan had 1,800 fewer jobs compared to the same time last year. These numbers don’t lie. The Sask. Party can’t ignore the writing on the wall.”

More families being hurt by the Sask. Party’s lack of long-term care facility funding

The Sask. Party’s lack of funding and mismanagement in long-term care is having a negative trickle down affect that is causing more and more issues for Saskatchewan families.

The lack of proper care and funding led to nearly 100 seniors being forced to move from Pioneer Village Long-term Care facility. This week, families utilizing the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre’s hostel have been told the displaced seniors need the space and have been given less than two weeks’ notice that they will no longer have a place to stay.