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Broten’s focus on challenging misplaced priorities, forcing progress on what matters

February 25th, 2015

NDP leader asks: where did all the money go?

This government keeps neglecting the real needs in classrooms, hospitals and seniors care homes while it continues to spend on wasteful pet projects, says NDP Leader Cam Broten – and that will be the focus of the spring session of the Legislative Assembly, set to start Monday.

Broten said health care, the seniors care crisis, and the deteriorating situation for young students is what should be at the top of the agenda – and he’ll use the spring legislative sitting to push those issues.

“We’ve had a decade of significant resource wealth. We still have billions more coming in and being spent by this government every year,” said Broten.

“But, more and more, people are asking where all that money has gone.”

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NDP asks: what the heck does government think “essential” travel is?

February 24th, 2015

The NDP wants the government to explain its criteria for “essential” travel after a Crown corporation CEO charged taxpayers for his trip to Oscar parties in Los Angeles.

J.P. Ellson, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan, spent taxpayer dollars on a trip to Los Angeles last weekend for the Academy Award festivities.

“This government’s growing sense of entitlement is turning the so-called non-essential travel freeze into a joke,” said NDP critic for culture Cathy Sproule, who added that this particular example is a painful one for Saskatchewan’s former film industry.

“I’m sure the Sask. Party government’s representative was one of the few current Saskatchewan residents there, after it essentially forced most film industry workers to get out of the industry, or get out of the province.” 

Sproule said it’s time for an explanation from the government. “Creative Saskatchewan is operating in the culture this government has created, and operating under the Sask. Party government’s rules for spending and travel.”

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