The annual report released by Saskatchewan’s new Advocate for Children and Youth makes it clear that the Sask. Party continues to fail vulnerable children throughout the province.
A recent Insightrix poll confirmed what New Democrats have been hearing across the province – Saskatchewan people, including those who supported the Sask. Party in the last election, are angry about the Sask. Party’s giveaways to corporations and want them to reverse their mean-spirited cuts and billion-dollar tax hikes to Saskatchewan families.
In the weeks since releasing their budget, it is becoming clear the Sask. Party have forgotten who they are supposed to be working for. They used their budget to give big tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and well-connected, while handing Saskatchewan families over a billion dollars in tax hikes and massive funding cuts to everything from the big cities to small town classrooms.
It’s not easy trying to run a Saskatchewan school division these days. First, the Sask. Party took away their ability to control their own revenue, and then they refused to provide proper funding to take care of the little things, like making sure roofs don’t leak… or cave in. The Sask. Party is $1.5 billion behind in school repairs and 75 per cent of all school roofs will likely fail within the next five years.
Yesterday, the Sask. Party missed an opportunity to fully implement changes that are being called for by survivors of domestic violence, labour leaders, the Saskatchewan NDP, and people across Saskatchewan.
Between February and March, 5,100 jobs were lost in Saskatchewan, and more families are facing a tough reality with deep cuts, tax hikes, and more job loss looming in the Sask. Party’s budget.
“The Sask. Party's spin provides no comfort to the 5,100 more families who have lost a job this month," said NDP Jobs Critic Warren McCall. “And that spin provides no comfort to the people who work for STC or in our libraries and our classrooms, and on the frontline of health care and seniors care who know they are the target of the Sask. Party cuts. It’s especially concerning considering we’ve been hearing about job losses coming as a result of the Sask. Party’s cuts to education, libraries, and the STC in their budget.”