Meili Calls on Sask. Party to follow other provinces and provide Last Mile vaccine incentives

SASKATOON - A week after NDP Leader Ryan Meili called for incentives to address Saskatchewan’s slow first dose numbers, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is going ahead with a lottery and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced a lottery over the weekend. Meili called on the Sask. Party government to revisit their position against providing an incentive program in Saskatchewan.

“Premier Scott Moe’s failed leadership didn’t move quickly enough to protect Saskatchewan families and businesses from the second and third waves of COVID-19,” said Meili. “Now as we are looking forward to re-opening our province, it’s crucial that our vaccine roll-out does not suffer the same fate.”

Sask. Party’s cuts to education resulting in cuts to services across the province

REGINA – Today, Carla Beck, Official Opposition Education Critic, denounced the very real consequences students and families are facing due to the Sask. Party government’s cuts to education. School boards across Saskatchewan are continuing to take drastic steps and make cuts to staff and services in the lead up to budgets being submitted to the Minister on June 30th.

Saskatchewan New Democrats call for Truth and Reconciliation for the Île-à-la-Crosse and Timber Bay residential schools

REGINA -  NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Betty Nippi-Albright, Critic for Truth and Reconciliation & First Nations and Métis Relations, called on Premier Scott Moe to apologize and take ownership - on behalf of Saskatchewan - for the damage caused to  First Nations and Métis people at the  Île-à-la-Crosse and Timber Bay residential schools.

 “It is long past time that both orders of government fully take responsibility for their respective roles in the abuse, neglect, loss of language and culture, and violence that many First Nations and Métis people were subjected to in these institutions,” said Nippi Albright. “The legacy of the residential schools lives with us to this day. Only by acknowledging and confronting the wrong that was done to Indigenous people and communities can we work to real truth and reconciliation.”

Provincial Auditor’s Report shows Sask. Party government failing patient safety, education for Saskatchewan families

REGINA - The Provincial Auditor’s Report highlights significant failings by the Sask. Party government in both patient safety in our health care system and early learning.

In regards to patient safety, the Provincial Auditor found:

  • The overall number and types of critical incidents reported in Saskatchewan are not trending downwards
  • The Ministry does not monitor whether the Saskatchewan Health Authority sufficiently addressed causes of reported critical incidents, and improved patient safety
  • 68 percent of planned corrective actions included in the critical incident reports were reported as not implemented

Meili calls for “Last Mile Lottery” to increase vaccine uptake in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON - With clear evidence that Saskatchewan’s vaccine rollout is slowing down and  falling behind other provinces, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called on the Sask. Party government to adopt a “Last Mile Lottery” to increase vaccine uptake in Saskatchewan.

“We all want to put this pandemic behind us as quickly as possible. Families have sacrificed so much and we need to pull out all the stops to go the last mile and reach herd immunity as quickly as possible,” said Meili. “An incentive like the one we propose here today would be an excellent way to get all hands on deck - especially as we are still in a race between the vaccines and the variants, particularly the Delta variant that is more aggressive and resistant.”