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.”

The Sask. Party’s lack of accountability includes:

  • Refusing legislative oversight of the government’s pandemic response and vaccine roll-out
  • Lying to the people of Saskatchewan during the last election about their plans to balance the budget by 2024
  • Delaying the provincial budget and reducing the number of sitting days, despite Saskatchewan fewest legislative sitting days in the country during the pandemic
  • Refusing to release the 3rd Quarter Financial Report ahead of the Budget

“The government’s response to the COVID-19 has left us with the worst of both worlds, a faltering economy and some of the worst health outcomes in the country,” said Young. “Scott Moe needs to be telling the 23,000 people who lost their jobs last year how he’s going to get them back to work, not avoiding the work himself. He is out of touch with the needs of this province and doesn’t have a plan.”

Wotherspoon and Young said that the upcoming budget must include:

  • A jobs plan to get Saskatchewan people back to work
  • Investments in the key services and supports that people need in healthcare, education, mental health and addictions
  • No cuts, no selloffs, and no austerity to force Saskatchewan people to pay the price for the Sask. Party’s broken promises