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Grain announcement too little, too slow says NDPMarch 7th, 2014
The federal government’s plan to move grain is too weak and too slow to help producers with grain still in the bins. Both the amount of grain the two big rail companies will be required to move, and the penalties for not doing it, are too small.
The government announced today it would give the two big rail companies four weeks to get up to 11,000 cars per week – or be fined $100,000 per day. 11,000 cars per week is about the same number of grain cars CP and CN were running in the fall.
“The federal government is treating the two big rail companies with kid gloves – and the Sask. Party government is patting them on the back for it,” said Cathy Sproule, NDP agriculture critic. “Today’s announcement does nothing to compensate producers that have already lost billions, and the 5,500 cars required from each company only reflects what the rail companies have already promised for spring. This just isn’t good enough to resolve the crisis, and it hasn’t been well received by the producers I’m hearing from today.”Read Full Article...
Job losses in education and health concerningMarch 7th, 2014
Despite the strong economy, 1,400 health care and social services jobs and another 1,400 education jobs have been eliminated over the past year, according to Statistics Canada – a concerning trend, according to the NDP.
“This government has record revenues, but Saskatchewan families tell us that’s not translating into better services for them,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP Deputy Leader and finance critic. “When it comes to the basics, things are getting worse. There aren’t enough front-line health care workers. There are too many cuts in overcrowded classrooms throughout the province, and our kids just aren’t getting one-on-one attention when they need it.
“This government is spending $40 million on American LEAN consultants, but is not making sure we have enough teachers and educational assistants, or health care professionals to deal with long waits and overcrowded hospitals.”Read Full Article...