Saskatchewan NDP calls on Sask. Party government to ban conversion therapy

REGINA – Today, Official Opposition Deputy Leader Nicole Sarauer and Opposition Critic for Human Rights Meara Conway, joined by Queen City For All, demanded that the Saskatchewan Party Government take province-wide action on conversion therapy. This comes as Regina City Council officially adopted a bylaw this week to prohibit the violent and discredited practice that continues to harm 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Saskatchewan.

“We’re very proud of the fact that both Saskatoon and now Regina city councils have shown clear leadership on this issue to ban this practice within their city limits,” said Conway. “However, this step was only necessary due to the lack of leadership at the provincial level from Premier Moe and this government. Regardless of the municipality, all LGBTQ+ people in this province deserve those protections.”

Statement by NDP Leader Ryan Meili on Athabasca MLA Buckley Belanger’s resignation

The statement reads as follow:
"We're sorry to see Mr. Belanger leave our caucus and are grateful for his service as Saskatchewan's longest-serving Indigenous MLA. Our focus now will be making sure there is a strong voice for Northwest Saskatchewan in the legislature as the Sask Party has repeatedly shown complete disregard for the concerns of the people of Athabasca.”

NDP Statement: Time for Action on Climate Change and Good Jobs

In response to the IPCC report, NDP Environment Critic Erika Ritchie released the following statement:

“Today’s report by the United Nations climate panel is disturbing. Saskatchewan families want to do what’s right for the environment and for our economic future. 

Unfortunately, the Sask. Party has failed to come up with a credible climate change plan. This has left Saskatchewan people and our economy exposed. The continuing wildfires and distressing drought experienced in our province prove that we need a real plan, something this Sask. Party government has refused to provide.

The provincial government’s latest report on climate progress included no new measures related to mitigation through emissions reductions – which is unchanged since the original document was published in 2016. While adaptation is important, it is the Sask. Party’s only focus, and they have no plans to actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our province. In fact, despite promises to reduce emissions, they have continued to increase.

StatsCan report shows Sask. Party’s COVID-19 jobs recovery worst in the nation

REGINA - Today’s StatsCan data reveals that under Premier Scott Moe, Saskatchewan has experienced the worst jobs record in the country since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Scott Moe has given Saskatchewan families the worst of both worlds: Rising COVID case numbers, the lowest vaccination rate amongst the provinces and the worst jobs performance in the country,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “The Premier has failed in his response to COVID-19 - including at Extendicare Parkside - and he has failed working families with the biggest drop in jobs in Canada. Both these failures lie directly at the Premier’s feet.”

Statement from Trent Wotherspoon, NDP Agriculture Critic, on the need for emergency supports and measures for producers and ranchers devastated by drought

"The measure announced yesterday by the provincial government simply doesn’t cut it.
Producer, farm and livestock organizations, such as the Saskatchewan Stock Growers and Saskatchewan Cattleman’s Association, have all been calling for emergency measures and support.
APAS, SARM and nearly a dozen other producer groups wrote to the premier yesterday to call for immediate action, including an increase to AgriStability compensation rates and extending enrolment, a call that the Opposition and producers have been making for many months. 
In face of the extraordinary challenges producers and ranchers are facing with this year’s drought, it’s long past time the provincial and federal governments step up with relief and measures that rise to the occasion.
Many producers and ranchers are facing extraordinary hardship due to drought. 

In face of this crisis they deserve support, not a government that sits on the sidelines."