NDP Leader Cam Broten introduced legislation Monday which would proclaim the first Saturday of each month as Buy Local Day.
The bill follows through on Broten’s pledge to support a grassroots movement of Saskatchewan business owners and residents calling for a monthly Buy Local Day in the province.
“This is a common sense way to promote the incredible value of local businesses, to put Saskatchewan first and to create greater economic sustainability in our province” said Broten. “Even just a small shift in how we support local businesses can have a big ripple effect in our communities and our entire economy.”
Even the government’s internal investigation – one minister investigating another – shows that this government didn’t consider the consequences for Saskatchewan families of the smart meter fiasco, putting families’ safety, their homes and their money at risk.
The government’s report, which was released Monday, revealed that 359 meters failed – a far cry from the eight this government had previously revealed.
Heather McIntyre, a life-long Regina resident, will be the NDP’s candidate in Regina Pasqua in the next provincial election.
McIntyre’s nomination was uncontested, confirmed at a nomination meeting Saturday afternoon.
“I'm so pleased to have Heather McIntyre on my team and I know she will make an incredible MLA,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “Heather's family has been directly affected by this government's reckless decision to scrap the Film Employment Tax Credit, which has forced her husband to spend most of the year working on films outside of our province. I know that experience has increased her motivation to ensure that politics is always about people and families doing well.”
In question period today, the NDP revealed an internal government document that contains scathing criticisms from senior health administrators about this government's approach to Lean.
The criticisms include:
"Our experience with [John Black and Associates] has been one of lack of respect, tattling on leaders if they question, expecting rigid conformity in a militaristic style, gossiping, and undermining."
Danielle Chartier, the MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale, will run again for the NDP in the next election.
Chartier, a mother of two daughters, has been an MLA since 2009. She was appointed last year by NDP Leader Cam Broten to serve as the province’s critic for Health Care and for Seniors. In addition to being an advocate for Riversdale families, Chartier is devoted to the fight for better health care for all Saskatchewan families.
David Forbes, the MLA for Saskatoon Centre and the NDP’s caucus chair, will run again in Saskatoon Centre in the next provincial election.
Forbes was chosen, uncontested, by New Democrats at a nomination meeting in Saskatoon on Thursday evening.
“David is a strong MLA – both on our team at the Legislature, and for his constituents in Saskatoon Centre,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “And he’s also been a powerful advocate for change in his critic portfolios. As the critic for Social Services, and as the NDP’s first critic for Diversity, Equality and Human Rights, David has been a voice for the vulnerable and an ally for all seeking and supporting equality, equity and fairness.
Nicole Rancourt – a social worker, parent and tireless volunteer in her community – was welcomed to the NDP team of candidates Thursday as the nominee for Prince Albert Northcote.
Rancourt, a Prince Albert resident, works in Mental Health and Addictions Services in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. She’s also incredibly active in serving Prince Albert as a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers and her local association of social workers. She is also the chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the Saskatchewan Penitentiary and Prince Albert Parole. She is the regional representative for the Prairie Region Mental Health Council, and is active with the Prince Albert Council of Women and the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan.
Government’s agenda has very little for health care, education, cost of living, seniors, highways, flood prevention
The throne speech misses the mark, and shows the government is primarily working to benefit a select few while dismissing the things most Saskatchewan families want and need, according to the NDP.
The speech from the throne outlines the government’s agenda for the year. Wednesday, the government delivered a throne speech that didn’t discuss the need to address run-down, crowded hospitals; the rising cost of living that’s making it very hard to get ahead; and the lack of one-on-one attention for many children in classrooms throughout the province.
Cathy Sproule, the MLA for Saskatoon Nutana, will run again in the next provincial election.
Sproule was chosen, uncontested, at a nomination meeting Monday.
"Cathy has been an incredibly valuable member of my team," said NDP Leader Cam Broten. "She hit the ground running with several critic portfolios as soon as she was elected, and is a constant advocate and powerful voice for the families of Nutana. She is a tireless representative, always thinking of how to make life better for Saskatchewan families."