Ombudsman’s Report confirms: Scott Moe’s Status Quo failed families at Extendicare Parkside

REGINA - Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili and Critic for Seniors Matt Love - standing outside Extendicare Parkside in Regina - called on Premier Scott Moe to accept all findings of the Ombudsman's investigation report: Caring in Crisis: An investigation into the response to the COVID-19 outbreak at Extendicare Parkside. Further, Meili and Love called on the Premier, former Health Minister Jim Reiter and current Health Minister Paul Merriman to apologize to those who lost loved ones at Extendicare Parkside.

“Both the government and ECI share the blame for the outbreak that took so many lives. This for-profit relationship has failed our seniors, their families and the hard-working staff at Extendicare Parkside,” said Love. “But the Ombudsman also makes it clear that the problems in long-term care go far beyond this one horrific outbreak when she calls on the government to  ‘make meaningful and lasting systemic and structural improvements to Saskatchewan’s long-term care system. The Saskatchewan NDP believes that should include the end to for-profit care in Saskatchewan.”

Crown corporation rebrand must be scrapped, costs revealed: Meili & Wotherspoon

REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili and Critic for SaskTel Trent Wotherspoon called on the Sask. Party to immediately scrap their Crown corporation rebrand vanity project and release the full costs associated with the project to date. 

“When it comes to our Crowns, the Sask. Party just can’t be trusted,” said Meili. “The documents released so far show that discussions were much farther along than the Sask. Party is willing to admit. The Sask. Party needs to come clean with the details of this vanity project, including the total amount wasted so far.”

NDP LEADER RYAN MEILI ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF

SASKATOON - Today Ryan Meili announced that Katherine Norton would be taking on the permanent position of Chief of Staff to the Saskatchewan NDP Caucus. Norton is moving into the role from Issues Management and Research in the Caucus Office. 

“I’m delighted and excited to be welcoming Katherine as Chief of Staff. Her skills, determination and long service to the party and the caucus are the perfect fit to help us build and grow toward the next provincial election,” said Meili. “The people of Saskatchewan will be served well by Katherine’s passion and dedication as we continue to hold the Sask Party Government to account.” 

The position has been filled on an interim basis by Sally Housser since the last provincial election “I’d like to thank Sally for her work and leadership over the past months particularly through the challenges presented by Covid-19,” said Meili. 

Norton will officially assume the role on August 16th.

Meili calls for urgent Last Mile measures including “tail-gate” vaccine clinics at Rider games

SASKATOON - With Saskatchewan’s vaccine rollout stalled, case numbers rising in Northern Saskatchewan and experts warning of a deadly fourth wave of COVID-19, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called on the Sask. Party government today to take immediate steps to increase vaccine uptake - including at Rider games.

“Scott Moe has decided to pat himself on the back for a job half-done. It’s time to get serious about getting past the Last Mile and reaching true herd immunity in our province,” said Meili. “The Delta variant is more aggressive and resistant and has become the dominant strain in much of the world. It is more important than ever that the vaccine roll-out be targeted, aggressive and effective.”

Open Letter from NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon to Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 2021 Drought

After touring drought-affected areas in Saskatchewan yesterday, NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon wrote to Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging them to work together and take immediate action to help farmers and ranchers.

The text of the letter is below. Please see a PDF of the letter here.