New legislation has been introduced and passed by the Saskatchewan government to help victims of domestic violence.
The aim of the legislation is to help victims escape their situations by being able to end a fixed-term rental agreement with just 28 days notice.
While the NDP, who introduced the law in a private members bill last month, are happy to see this get done, they are left wondering if more can be done.
Nicole Sarauer introduced the bill and says the law passed is a good first step, but an opportunity was missed to advance two other pieces that she had in her private member’s bill.
“The two other pieces were allowing for accommodation in the work place for people experoiencing domestic violence,” said Sarauer. “And the second piece was allowing for employment leave – a certain amount of paid leave.”
When that bill was introduced, the government said it was looking at its own initiatives which is the version of the law passed on Monday.
Justice minister Gord Wyant says the time is now right to do something like this
“We felt it was time to bring the legislation forward,” said Wyant. “We’ve been in discussion with the opposition prior to the introduction of their Private Members Bill. We’ve been working on the legislation and felt it was the right time to bring it forward.”