Heading into the Fall session, the NDP will be focused on calling the Sask. Party to task for their mismanagement, cuts, clawbacks, and waste which have directly impacted and hurt the livelihoods and well-being of so many Saskatchewan people.
After nearly a week of silence following several days of stomping his feet and making stuff up, Premier Brad Wall appeared in front of cameras yesterday and endorsed United States Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton...Well, her climate change strategy, anyway.
The unemployment rate has climbed 1.5 per cent since last year, and while the Sask. Party continues to cut vital programs and services, Saskatchewan people are finding it harder and harder to get and keep a job. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that over a thousand people in Saskatchewan were put out of work from August to September, contributing to the nearly 10,000 more people who were looking for work in Saskatchewan last month than the year before.
“Month after month, we see more job losses. The trend is clear and it should be a cause for concern for the Sask. Party government,” said Jobs, Skills, and Training Critic Warren McCall. “Time after time, we see the Sask. Party shrug it off, refuse to get going on an action plan for Saskatchewan jobs, and deny the critical role their nearly decade of fiscal mismanagement has played in leading us to this situation where thousands of Saskatchewan people are looking for work.”
While the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment meet today, the Saskatchewan NDP is calling on the Sask. Party and the recycled Environment Minister to keep Saskatchewan’s interests front of mind and avoid alienating themselves from the rest of the country.
“There’s no question that we have to continue to develop and export our natural resources. They drive the economy and create jobs in Saskatchewan and all across Canada,” said Saskatchewan NDP Environment Critic Cathy Sproule. “But we have to be responsible and ensure that it’s done in a way that is as sustainable as possible.”
Today, we learned about another case of Saskatchewan patients and their families being forced to pay the price for the Sask. Party’s underfunding of healthcare. A 94-year-old woman has spent the last two weeks in hospital, waiting for respite care, and has not been bathed once.
Today, Saskatchewan NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon called out Brad Wall for his refusal to release the First Quarter Financial Report for the 2016-17 fiscal year.