REALITY CHECK: Ottenbreit denies existence of health care crisis… and his staff

When confronted about the importance of the health services in Craik that no longer exist, junior health minister Greg Ottenbreit made the bizarre choice to say that his staff don’t either.

On Saturday, a Craik resident was so frustrated with the Sask. Party’s refusal to provide the health care the community needs, she told Ottenbriet that the least they could do is take down the sign on the Highway 11 that still points to the (now shutdown) 24 hour care.
 
She went on to remind Ottenbreit that he had heard this call before when a “busload of Craik people came down because we were losing…”
 
The Sask. Party Minister interrupted, “I don’t recall that at all.”
 
“Not only did you not do anything about it, you had your assistant stand up and talk to us. I felt absolutely….”
 
He interrupted again and quipped, “Which assistant?” Then he added, “ I don’t have an assistant in the legislature.”
 
Who knows why he didn’t count his chief of staff, senior administrative assistant or ministerial assistant, all of whom work from his office in the legislature, but he’s obviously got a lot on his mind. As a member of a cabinet that threw away piles of money on a fleet of King Air planes for cabinet, costly consultants, and a couple Travel Scouts who taste food and test hotel rooms for Brad Wall, it’s clear that health care and the people of Saskatchewan (even the ones in his office) are not his priorities anymore.