Thanks for stopping in at my website. We are now back at the Saskatchewan Legislature and more and more we are seeing the Sask Party government out of touch with Saskatchewan people.
Cam Broten and our New Democrat team have been holding this government to account for its decision to spend $40 million on just one American consultant and $3,500 per day to bring in Japanese senseis to promote its Lean project in health care. Our team questioned why this government doesn’t just listen to the wisdom and insight of front-line health care workers and use its resources to fix the basics in health care and seniors care.
You have likely seen David on the news exposing the exorbitant expenses of Sask Party MLA, June Draude, Minister of Social Services. David led the way in getting to the bottom of Minister Draude’s $3600 limo rides around London and $200 “debriefing” lunch that turned out to be a visit with a friend. After more questions from the Opposition, the Minister revealed that she took her family with her to Ghana and London, UK and actually claimed their visas as a government expense. NDP Leader Cam Broten asked the Premier how any of this could happen, why is no one checking these expenses over.
The Government continues to provide no answers to these questions and instead tried to distract the public by bringing up the past NDP government. The Government then used bullying tactics to scare the Opposition out of continuing their questioning.
Cam called for an independent review of all cabinet ministers’ travel expenses and introduced a motion to call on the provincial Auditor to look at the issue, but the government voted it down.
It’s not only Mandryk that has been writing about the Government’s travel expenses and their lack of interest in answering the Oppositions questions. Check out some of these stories: Auditor should probe expenses, Broten says – Saskatoon StarPhoenix; NDP calls for provincial auditor review of travel costs by cabinet ministers – Saskatoon StarPhoenix; Controversy over ministerial travel expense turns nasty – CTV Regina; NDP continues assault on travel spending – Regina Leader-Post
June Draude’s judgment is in question again due to the appointment of June Draude’s good friend, the same good friend that traveled to London and Ghana with the Minister, to the Social Services Appeal Board. The role of the Appeal Board is to review appeals of the decisions of the Ministry of Social Services. CTV News covered the story on Wednesday’s newscast. In the StarPhoenix front page story, when asked if the tables were turned and it was the NDP that were making the appointment she admitted “it’s probably better if they’re not a real close friend of the Minister.”
It was Opposition Health Critic Danielle Chartier’s questions about the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital that revealed to the province that the plans for the hospital are being re-drawn. The Hospital was originally estimated to cost $230 million, when Lean experts were brought in, space was reduced to save $30 million. Designers have been quietly enlarging the plan for the Children’s Hospital since last fall, but the government said nothing until the NDP questioned them in the Legislature. The NDP will continue to ask the Government how much the Hospital is going to cost, and how much more will it cost due to not getting it right the first time.
We continue to be focused on making the strong economy work for Saskatchewan families – pushing for common sense improvements in schools, hospitals and seniors care facilities and working to make life more affordable for Saskatchewan families.Our leader, Cam Broten, says, “For me, politics isn’t just about the province doing well – it’s about people doing well.”
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David Forbes, MLA