By announcing a cabinet today that has a majority of the same ministers who presented the cruel and heartless cuts and unfair tax hikes in the most recent Sask. Party budget, Premier Moe made it clear that he is ignoring the Saskatchewan people who have been calling for something better.
"Meet the new bosses. Same as the old bosses," said Saskatchewan NDP Leader Nicole Sarauer. "At a time when Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in two decades and, for the first time in over 40 years, is as high as the national average, Saskatchewan people can't afford more of the same.”
Jeremy Harrison is back in charge of the economy, even though he oversaw the jobs file while thousands of Saskatchewan people were thrown out of work. He is also the same minister who, while briefly running for leader, spoke out against his own official comments about the Sask. Party’s GTH scandal saying he had simply "defended the position of the government” instead of acting in the best interest of Saskatchewan people.
The Minister who oversaw the scrapping and sell-off of STC and allowed other Crowns like SaskTel to be put on the chopping block is still in charge of Saskatchewan’s Crown Investment Corporation. Despite arrogantly showing a complete lack of understanding of her last two files, Premier Moe chose to keep Bronwyn Eyre in cabinet. She will also continue to be joined at the cabinet table by the Minister who announced, mishandled, and then was forced to back away from the losing license plate fight with Alberta.
In 2016, Brad Wall announced that he was saving $450,000 by reducing the size of cabinet. Today, Premier Moe reversed that decision.
"The Sask. Party has threatened to cut thousands of jobs and the Premier is threatening to cut thousands more in the public service, so I’m not sure how he can justify adding another minister to his cabinet – especially since he still only allowed four seats at the table to be given to women,” Sarauer said. “This was a real chance for the new Premier to show he was listening to Saskatchewan people but, instead, he showed that he stands by the heartless cuts and unfair tax hikes.”