Statement on Saskatchewan’s Forgotten People

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ms. Chartier: — Mr. Speaker, there’s a growing list of people in Saskatchewan who feel left out or forgotten by this Sask Party government. Across this province people tell us their daily lives are not reflected in the government’s slick advertising campaigns and good news photo ops.

There are renters and seniors on fixed incomes struggling with low vacancy rates and rising rents. There are young parents attending university trying to find affordable child care while their tuition bills rise. There are working families increasingly forced to make ends meet at the end of the month by a trip to the food bank. There are families in rural communities watching health care services reduced, long-term care beds closed, and elderly parents relocated to facilities in strange surroundings far away.

There are northern families waiting for the government to take meaningful action on housing, mental health, addictions, and youth suicide rates. There are children in care who depend for their well-being on the oversight of a government that does not even know how many they are or where they live.

The list of people and families this government has forgotten or left out is already too long. Instead of putting feel-good photo ops and expensive PR [public relations] campaigns at the top of its agenda, it’s time for this government to start putting some of these left out people and their forgotten issues at the top of its to-do list. Thank you.

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