Official Opposition sounds alarm on Saskatchewan's population decline

Young: Worst in the country out-migration shows need for real action on jobs

REGINA - For the third year in a row Saskatchewan had the largest net population loss to other provinces and territories in the country. For the first time in 15 years, 2020 ended with fewer people choosing to live and work in Saskatchewan than when the year began. The Official Opposition says that these new Statistics Canada numbers, coupled with 23,000 job losses in the past year, paints a worrying picture for the months ahead in Saskatchewan.

Sask. Party government gets failing grade on protecting kids in schools

Still no rapid-testing in Sask. schools; division and school staff conducting contact-tracing

REGINA – Today, the Official Opposition is joining the call by Saskatchewan teachers for the Premier to keep his commitment to expand rapid testing and immediately deploy rapid tests to schools experiencing outbreaks in communities across the province. With upwards of 70% of new COVID-19 cases in the Regina area suspected Variants of Concern (VoC) and 67 school outbreaks in just the last two weeks, time is of the essence. 

Official Opposition calls for accountability, focus on jobs in delayed spring session

Sask. Party government must get back to work so we can get the people of Saskatchewan back to work

REGINA - Official Opposition Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon and Jobs and Economy Critic Aleana Young stood in front of the Provincial Legislature today to outline the Saskatchewan NDP’s priorities for government accountability and getting people back to work in Saskatchewan for the critical provincial budget set to be released on April 6.

“In our pre-budget consultations we’ve been hearing loud and clear that it’s time for Scott Moe and the Sask. Party to get to work, get this pandemic under control and make a plan for how the province will eventually move out of it,” said Wotherspoon. “On the budget, on COVID-19 and on the economy the Premier has been trying to sell the people of Saskatchewan a false bill of goods. He needs to get back in the legislature and start answering some questions.”

Official Opposition statement on rising COVID-19 variants in Regina and area

In response to rising COVID-19 variants in Regina and area, Official Opposition Health Critic Vicki Mowat released the following statement:

"Today we are seeing the consequences of the Premier’s failures on COVID-19.

This afternoon the Premier and Dr. Shahab addressed the media for the first time since the government’s decision to relax household bubble limits and worship service limits last week. 

Mowat: Sask. Party must act immediately to address staff-shortages in healthcare and long-term care

Regina – Today, the Official Opposition joined health sector leaders to call on the Sask. Party government to immediately fulfill its campaign commitment to address short-staffing in the province’s healthcare system. The group also called for the development of a Health Human Resources Roundtable to address long-standing short-staffing, recruitment and retention issues plaguing the healthcare sector in the province. 

“This pandemic exposed what those in health care have been saying for years -- there just aren’t enough staff on the frontlines. At a time when we need more people providing patient care and also need more jobs, this should be a no brainer for Scott Moe but he keeps dragging his feet,” said Mowat. “This government campaigned on a promise to hire more than 300 continuing care aides and to increase healthcare resources, but this has proven to be another empty promise from the premier.”