Thanks for stopping in at my website! The spring session of the legislature is now finished – we will reconvene the legislature in October. It was a session that was marked by severe Sask. Party cuts, sell-offs, tax hikes, and overreaching power-grabs.
The Sask. Party has let down and attacked the people of Saskatchewan in so many ways, including:
- Increasing education property taxes, but decreasing the amount of government money that goes to classrooms by over 120 million dollars;
- Passing the controversial and wrong-headed Bill 63, which takes decision-making power away from locally elected school trustees and gives it to the Minister of Education and the Sask. Party Cabinet;
- Increasing taxes for Saskatchewan families, forcing them to pay more for everything from children’s clothes to food, insurance, and even a case of beer;
- Selling off STC, hurting families, farmers, and small businesses who rely on their service, and throwing 224 people out of work;
- Cutting services for the most vulnerable, including the elimination of the funding for funerals for the working poor and social assistance recipients, increasing fees for long term care, and cutting the Hearing Aid Plan; and
- Cutting funding and removing local control for Meewasin Valley Authority.
There are twice as many Saskatchewan people – 40,000 – looking for work than there was when the Sask. Party first took office, and in the last year alone, 5,600 full-time jobs were lost.
In addition to standing up against the Sask. Party, we also brought forward a number of proposals to bring positive change to the province including a Private Members Bill that will get big money out of Saskatchewan politics by updating Saskatchewan’s outdated and broken campaign finance laws. We also are working hard to help curb domestic violence by introducing legislation that will help victims leave their situations while retaining their jobs.
I am delighted to be the labour critic as well as being newly appointed to the Ethics & Democracy portfolio and Human Rights, Equality and Diversity. Again, it is my pleasure to serve as the caucus chair.
Keep in touch!