The Sask Party has been in power for a long time, it is time to try something different. As a father of young children, I understand the concerns of families in our riding. I understand their frustration with the Sask Party’s cuts to health and education. I understand that they are finding life less affordable. I understand that they are worried about the growing inequality in Saskatchewan, which makes it tough for the middle class to get by.
That is why I am seeking the nomination to be the NDP candidate in Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood in the next provincial election. Churchill-Wildwood needs a strong voice in the legislature to bring change to Saskatchewan politics, not a government backbencher who is rarely seen or heard. As a volunteer, I have worked hard to serve my community and, as a MLA, I will work just as hard to serve our riding.
I am moving from the classroom to the campaign trail because there are many issues in provincial politics where I believe that we need to see change.
Saskatchewan should have a world class education system but the Sask Party’s record of funding education is abysmal. I wrote a report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that found that the Sask Party's cuts to K-12 education resulted in a $2.4 billion reduction in funding from 2008 to 2014. Better funding for education is needed now!
Instead of the Sask Party’s cuts to health care, we should be investing in innovative, high-quality programming that will create a healthier society. In particular, we must invest more in mental health and seniors’ care to better respond to the evolving needs of our society.
Saskatchewan still has long way to go to ensure genuine equality between men and women, true reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to encourage fair treatment and inclusion of our newcomer, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ communities. We need a government that will work with women’s groups and these communities to address their concerns and implement policies that make their lives better.
The Sask Party can barely even admit that climate change exists and they are certainly doing nothing to combat it- even though our province has the highest per capita rates of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. For the sake of our children’s future, we need to do our share and the provincial government should implement an aggressive package of reforms to drive down our emissions.
Finally, the Sask Party has placed a big for sale sign on our democracy. Since they were founded in 1999, the Sask Party has taken millions and millions of dollars from large corporations, even companies in Alberta. When they give money to the Sask Party, these companies are buying influence to push for policies that increase inequality in our province like lower taxes for corporations that starve the government of the money it needs for social programs. If we want a more equal Saskatchewan, we have to get big money out of politics by banning corporate and union donations to all provincial political parties.
These are some of my concerns and some of the reasons why I have decided to let my name stand for the NDP nomination in Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood. I look forward to meeting the voters in our riding to hear their concerns and to discuss how we can change provincial politics to make Saskatchewan a better place to live and raise a family.
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