Thanks for stopping in at my website. The Fall Session of the Legislature is now over. The government’s Throne Speech has set a disappointing tone for the year -this government simply does not plan to hold up its end of the bargain when it comes to the things Saskatchewan families need. Here is my response to the Throne Speech I delivered on Tuesday Oct 29th.
The crisis in seniors care, understaffing and overcrowding in hospitals, crowded and crumbling schools and an economy that is not diverse enough were the focus of the legislature this fall.
In today’s strong economy, we don’t accept the government’s excuses, and Saskatchewan people tell us they don’t either. They don’t need excuses – they need better health care and decent, dignified seniors care. They need schools with reasonable classroom sizes for their kids, and enough teachers and educational assistants. They need a long-term plan to replace this government’s record of moving from crisis to crisis.
When we hear about soft potash prices affecting the province’s bottom line, and hundreds of layoffs in the potash industry, those things are further evidence that it’s not in Saskatchewan’s best interests to put all our eggs in the non-renewable resource basket. I agree with Cam Broten our leader, when ha says we want more eggs, and more baskets.
I was disappointed when on the last day of the session, the government voted down Bill 605, The Public-Private Partnership Transparency and Accountability Act, which called for an independent accountability watchdog on each P3, and would prevent the government from using the P3 method for major capital projects if there are less than three bidders on the contract. The law would also require the full price tag of the project – including the cost of credit – to be reported to taxpayers. Saskatchewan people, including the Opposition, want P3 deals to be transparent and accountable to taxpayers. Secret deals are not in the best interest of taxpayers. We wanted to shine a light on P3s so government, taxpayers and the Opposition could make common sense, fact-based decisions.
I am urging quick action on anti-bullying efforts, and I am alarmed that the SK Party government failed to mention any new initiatives to make our workplaces knowing that we had 60 workers die last year. We must do better and this government is failing.
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David Forbes, MLA