In the month-and-a-half since the Sask. Party broke their promise and scrapped the STC, people across the province – including seniors - are finding themselves stranded without transportation and relying on hitchhiking as a last resort.
It was with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of the devoted community activist, public servant and friend, Don Black.
In politics, business, and sport, Don devoted himself to building community, fighting for change and advocating for Saskatchewan people.
Don’s political organizing supported generations of New Democrats but that commitment to community extended beyond partisan politics. He will be missed by many but the change Don affected and impression he made on our province will not be soon forgotten.
On behalf of all Saskatchewan New Democrats, I offer sincere condolences, much love and solidarity to his wife Tracy Davies, their family and all those who were fortunate enough to have known Don.
Nicole Sarauer, Leader of the Official Opposition
Saskatchewan New Democrats
Two weeks ago, we asked the Sask. Party to finally come clean on three simple questions about the growing Sask. Party GTH scandal but, time and time again, they just repeated their promise to come clean and then refuse to follow through.
Despite the Sask. Party’s repeated commitments to improve mental health services – and even though federal funding has been committed and a million-dollar private donation has been offered – the Sask. Party have announced they are refusing to move forward with plans for a mental health emergency unit in Saskatoon.
Yesterday – and again today – in an apparent attempt to prove that irony is not dead, but their sense of shame is, the Sask. Party sent out MLAs to pretend that they had not made significant cuts to funding for public transit and, instead, brag about the funding for transit that they haven’t yet cut.
Despite the Sask. Party’s target date to reach 50 per cent renewable energy fast approaching, they have still not provided any details about how they plan to get there, beyond their spin about the problem-plagued and costly Carbon Capture and Storage project at Boundary Dam 3.
The NDP is calling on the Sask. Party to back up their words with action and properly fund school boards so they can provide the level of education that Saskatchewan students need and deserve.
Today, when the Sask. Party sent out a press release to brag about the half-point change in income taxes, they neglected to mention the impact of their billion-dollar PST hike that will force Saskatchewan families and businesses to pay more in taxes on nearly everything they buy, from kids clothes to insurance and even a case of beer.
As a result of Sask. Party cuts, hundreds of teachers and support workers have already been told their jobs have been eliminated from Saskatchewan schools and, with only half of the province’s school boards reporting how the Sask. Party’s budget cuts will affect them, there are even more job cuts to come.