Sask. Party needs to stop blocking municipalities’ COVID leadership

REGINA - In light of the provincial government effectively blocking the City of Saskatoon’s efforts to introduce bylaws to keep Saskatoon residents safe, Leader of the Official Opposition Ryan Meili and Opposition Municipal Affairs Critic Matt Love called on the Sask. Party government to allow municipalities wishing to implement recommendations from medical health officers the ability to do so.

“Municipalities should never have been put in the position where they need to implement their own public health measures. But given this government’s refusal to step up and implement recommendations from Dr. Shahab and other medical health officers, they have been given no choice,” said Love. “It’s telling that the only proactive measure this Sask. Party government has taken on COVID-19 is to block municipalities from passing medically-advised bylaws. These are jurisdictions who are listening to the science, listening to their regional health officers, and making proactive decisions for the health and safety of their residents.”

Sask. Party shuts down emergency debate on COVID-19

REGINA - Today, on the first full day of the fall session and after a summer off, the first steps Scott Moe took in the Legislative Assembly were to vote against proof of vaccination requirements for all MLAs and to shut down emergency debate on the 4th wave crisis crippling Saskatchewan’s health system.

“This is a government that continues to put politics above the health and safety of Saskatchewan people. They refuse to acknowledge the crisis of their making and the challenges thousands of people in our province are facing with cancelled surgeries, cancelled transplants, and cancelled therapies,” said Vicki Mowat, Opposition House Leader. “This Premier and his government have failed to provide leadership during this pandemic and we need an immediate plan of action to address the current crisis faced in our healthcare system.”

NDP: Scott Moe’s Throne Speech a deflection from 4th wave failures

REGINA - Today, the Sask. Party government delivered a Throne Speech that largely ignored the devastating damage caused by Premier Scott Moe’s refusal to listen to the recommendations of this government’s Chief Medical Health Officer, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and every single public health officer in the province.

“What we need from this government is an immediate plan of action to address the crisis Scott Moe created. Anything less is a choice to put politics ahead of the health and safety of the people of Saskatchewan,” said Ryan Meili, Leader of the Official Opposition. “This is a government living with their heads in the sand. The speech references investments in health care without acknowledging no one can currently access the treatments mentioned. Thousands of surgeries, treatments, transplants and therapies have been cancelled and Scott Moe still refuses to accept responsibility for his role in causing it.”

NDP: Scott Moe’s First Year a deadly year of failure

Broken promises and the 4th wave failures hallmarks of Moe’s failed leadership

On the first anniversary of the 2020 provincial election, Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili highlighted Scott Moe’s year-long failure to control the third and fourth waves of COVID-19.

“What we have seen from the Premier’s COVID response over the last year is a clear willingness to put politics ahead of the lives of Saskatchewan people,” said Meili. “We know the Premier saw the modelling predicting a deadly fourth wave and still opened the province up anyways. Worse, when voices across the medical community were pleading for him to take action to save lives, he was more focused on his summer plans. That’s failed leadership.”

Statement from Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili

Today Premier Moe gave a State of the Province address that completely ignored the health crisis that his government created.

The state of our province today is that Saskatchewan has the highest active case rate and the lowest vaccination rate in the country.

The state of our province today is that Saskatchewan ICU patients are being medevac’d to Ontario while the Canadian Forces are being flown in to provide care in our hospitals.

The state of our province today is that more than 800 people have died from COVID-19 – including 117 people lost in October alone.