The NDP is calling for the Provincial Government today to take several practical steps that will help create jobs, support local businesses and provide family friendly activities as we look to easing restrictions in the summer.
“It’s been a tough year for so many families across this province,” said NDP leader Ryan Meili. “With the prospect of a safe reopening on the horizon, we need some fun in our lives, especially now. We are calling on the Sask. Party government to do everything it can right now to ensure we get our economy back on track and allow families to have a safe and fun summer.”
The NDP is proposing the following measures:
- Waive all provincial park gate fees for Saskatchewan residents for the 2021 summer season, in advance of the May Long Weekend
- Re-introduce the Gradworks program, cut by the Sask Party, to support jobs for young people,
- Remove the PST from restaurant meals to support struggling local businesses as they safely reopen.
“The restaurant industry has had one of its toughest years, made tougher by the Sask. Party’s decision in 2017 to add the PST to restaurant meals. Owners are doing all they can to save jobs but they aren’t getting the kind of support they need from this government,” said Economy and Jobs Critic Aleana Young. “A big part of Saskatchewan summers is enjoying our local restaurants. We need to ensure that we give these small business owners every chance we can to get them back up and running.”
The proposal will make it easier for the people of Saskatchewan to be tourists in their own province and stimulate local economies, while still complying with public health orders. It will provide much needed summer employment to young people looking for work and also create good jobs and ease some burden on the hard hit restaurant and hospitality industry.
“We are all hopeful that we are rounding the bend on the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic but there are still a lot of challenges ahead,” said Meili. “The province needs to be doing everything it can safely do to save our summer.”