Broten lays out plan to strengthen Northern Sask

On Saturday, NDP Leader Cam Broten laid out his plan to strengthen Northern Saskatchewan while in La Ronge.

“The people of Northern Saskatchewan contribute so much to our province, but far too often, the benefits aren’t coming back to them,” said Broten. “The status quo for the North isn’t good enough when it comes to infrastructure, services like health care, or the cost of living for families.”

Broten’s plan for Northern Saskatchewan includes:

• Establishing a Ministry of Northern Saskatchewan

• Hiring more mental health workers for Northern Saskatchewan

• Stationing an Air Ambulance plane in Northern Saskatchewan

• Developing a Northern Health Strategy, including completing a long-term care facility in La Ronge

• Implementing a Northern Highways Strategy, including an all-weather road to Wollaston Lake

• Reducing electricity rates for Northern residents and businesses

• Improving cell coverage and expanding broadband Internet

• Exploring the possibility of extending the natural gas heating option to more Northern communities

• Restoring and boosting funding to the Northern Trappers’ Association to enhance the organization’s important work

“This is personal for me. I spent my early years in La Loche, Green Lake, Meadow Lake and La Ronge – so the North holds a special place in my heart. We can and must do so much better.”