Today, NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon tabled a bill that will get big money out of Saskatchewan politics by updating Saskatchewan’s outdated and broken campaign finance laws.
After months of keeping Saskatchewan people in the dark, the government finally released a report on the state of the province’s finances and with it came cuts brought on by the Sask. Party mismanaging a resource boom and draining a rainy day fund.
The government continues to force Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable to pay for Sask. Party mismanagement, scandal, and waste. Today in question period, New Democrats raised the concerns of adoptive parents of children with complex needs. In particular, these parents are calling on the Sask. Party to follow through on their commitment to support the programs their children need.
In light of the report from Husky on its pipeline spill, we are reaffirming our call to move away from having companies police themselves when it comes to pipeline inspections. The spill showed how devastating an incident like that can be to the water that many families drink and use in everyday life, but it also showed what little work is being done by the Sask. Party government to make pipeline safety a priority. The government only conducted 78 pipeline inspections last year, while the government of Alberta conducted more than 2,000. That will have to change moving forward.
In health care, the Sask. Party’s track record is one of mismanagement, cuts, clawbacks, and waste. A refusal to honour collectively bargained agreements is being added to the list. Despite being part of the collective bargaining agreement, the Minister of Health is now refusing to fund the Joint Job Evaluations (JJE) which ensures health care workers are paid for the skills they bring to the job.
The Sask. Party’s mismanagement of Saskatchewan’s finances is continuing to become more apparent, as the Finance Minister revealed today that even with the Sask. Party openly breaking election promises, their deficit this year will likely balloon to over a billion dollars.