NDP table bill to include PTSD in the Worker’s Compensation Act
Thursday, NDP Health Critic Danielle Chartier tabled legislation to make the Workers' Compensation Act more inclusive and to ensure that all Saskatchewan workers affected with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) receive the supports they need.
“PTSD has a deep and lasting effect on workers, families, and businesses,” Chartier said. “Saskatchewan must join other provinces who have already taken this important step to care for workers who suffer with PTSD. It’s long past time for meaningful change in the approach to PTSD in our province.”
Newly elected Leader of the Official Opposition Trent Wotherspoon announced the NDP shadow cabinet today, highlighting the diversity, experience, and energy of the new caucus and demonstrating that this team of NDP MLAs is ready to get to work for the people of Saskatchewan.
“This is an exceptionally strong and diverse team,” said Wotherspoon. “Each of them brings a work ethic and commitment to not only hold government to account, but also fight tirelessly to deliver for Saskatchewan people.”
Wotherspoon will serve as a critic for youth and the Economy; however, when the Sask. Party finally reveals their budget, the new Finance Critic, Cathy Sproule, will lead the Opposition work in ensuring accountability and that everyday families are not left behind. Sproule will also handle the Agriculture and Environment files.
Carla Beck will serve as Education, Early Learning and Childcare critic and Nicole Rancourt will take on the Social Services and Municipal Relations files. Nicole Sarauer has been named critic for Women, Immigration as well as Justice, Corrections and Policing while Danielle Chartier will remain the Health and Seniors critic.
Buckley Belanger will serve as Deputy Leader as well as critic for Highways and Infrastructure and the Global Transportation Hub; David Forbes will continue to serve as the critic for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Diversity, Equality, and Human Rights; Warren McCall will remain House Leader and critic for Advanced Education, Jobs, Skills, and Training; and Doyle Vermette has been named Whip and critic for Northern Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Transportation Corporation.
“These members come from different backgrounds and have a variety of experiences,” said Wotherspoon. “We are united in our commitment to serving the people of Saskatchewan and I look forward to working alongside each of them as we get going on this important work as a team.”
A full list of critic roles and responsibilities is available here.
Trent Wotherspoon, the MLA for Regina Rosemont, has been elected, by the NDP caucus and with unanimous support, the leader of the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly.
Wotherspoon was first elected in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2016. He has also served as deputy leader since 2013 and was the Opposition critic for Finance; Education; Economy; Municipal Relations and Urban Affairs. He has also been the Opposition critic for SaskPower and SaskEnergy and has also served as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
At the same meeting, David Forbes, the MLA for Saskatoon Centre, was elected caucus chair.
Forbes has served as caucus chair since 2011, and also was the NDP’s critic for Social Services, Labour and Human Rights.
“We are excited to have Trent as the leader of the Official Opposition and we are excited to get going on the very important work ahead,” Forbes said. “The legislature will be called back soon and there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed. All the NDP MLAs are set to work hard to hold this government to account and deliver for the people of Saskatchewan.”
On April 23, the Provincial Council and Caucus of the Saskatchewan NDP will meet together to select the interim leader of the party.
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