Official Opposition Calls for Accountability and a Focus on Jobs in Delayed Spring Session

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“Sask. Party government must get back to work so we can get the people of Saskatchewan back to work”, claims Official Opposition Finance Critic Trent Weatherspoon.

Recently the Official Opposition Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon and Jobs and Economy Critic Aleana Young held a press conference outside of the Provincial Legislature to outline the Saskatchewan NDP’s priorities for government accountability as well as getting people back to work in Saskatchewan for the critical provincial budget set to be released on April 6.

“In our pre-budget consultations, we’ve been hearing loud and clear that it’s time for Scott Moe and the Sask. Party to get to work, get this pandemic under control and make a plan for how the province will eventually move out of it,” said Wotherspoon. “On the budget, on COVID-19 and on the economy the Premier has been trying to sell the people of Saskatchewan a false bill of goods. He needs to get back in the legislature and start answering some questions.”

The NDP claims that the Sask. Party’s lack of accountability includes: refusing legislative oversight of the government’s pandemic response and vaccine roll-out, lying to the people of Saskatchewan during the last election about their plans to balance the budget by 2024. Delaying the provincial budget and reducing the number of sitting days, despite Saskatchewan having the fewest legislative sitting days in the country during the pandemic. Also, the party refused to release the 3rd Quarter Financial Report ahead of the Budget.

“The government’s response to the COVID-19 has left us with the worst of both worlds, a faltering economy and some of the worst health outcomes in the country,” said Young. “Scott Moe needs to be telling the 23,000 people who lost their jobs last year how he’s going to get them back to work, not avoiding the work himself. He is out of touch with the needs of this province and doesn’t have a plan.”

Wotherspoon and Young said that the upcoming budget must include a jobs plan to get Saskatchewan people back to work, investments in the key services and supports that people need in healthcare, education, mental health and addictions. Also, no cuts, no selloffs, and no austerity to force Saskatchewan people to pay the price for the Sask. Party’s broken promises.

This pandemic seems far from over and it seems like the Sask. Party is being called out for its lack of accountability to the people of Saskatchewan by the official opposition on a daily basis.

Gary Horseman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Four-Town Journal