REGINA - Today, on the first full day of the fall session and after a summer off, the first steps Scott Moe took in the Legislative Assembly were to vote against proof of vaccination requirements for all MLAs and to shut down emergency debate on the 4th wave crisis crippling Saskatchewan’s health system.
“This is a government that continues to put politics above the health and safety of Saskatchewan people. They refuse to acknowledge the crisis of their making and the challenges thousands of people in our province are facing with cancelled surgeries, cancelled transplants, and cancelled therapies,” said Vicki Mowat, Opposition House Leader. “This Premier and his government have failed to provide leadership during this pandemic and we need an immediate plan of action to address the current crisis faced in our healthcare system.”
In addition to putting forward a motion to force an emergency debate on the COVID-19 crisis, the Official Opposition also moved an amendment to require proof of vaccination for MLAs to enter the Chamber, with the exception of proof of medical exemption. This was an opportunity for elected members to show universal support for vaccinations and to lead the province by example. The amendment was voted down by Sask. Party MLAs.
“As Members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard. At every opportunity, the Premier and his Health Ministers have sent mixed messages around the importance of vaccines, and today was another missed opportunity,” said Mowat.
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