A Sask. Party event in Saskatoon saw many people rallying beforehand who weren’t being invited inside for the Premier’s Dinner.
It’s a $250-a-plate dinner that is sponsored and is a fundraiser for the party.
And that was one of the issues raised by the approximately 350 protesters in front of Prairieland Park on Thursday night — the idea of paying cash for access to the Premier.
Many of the protesters were from various unions including CUPE, SEIU West and SGEU.
A Registered Nurse said she was concerned that the provincial budget cuts seemed to target the most needy, mentioning shutting down STC, cutting the hearing aid program and spiritual care in hospitals.
“To the transit, to the hearing aid program to the spiritual care in hospitals,” this unnamed protester said. “These cuts are affecting the most needy people the worst.”
Cutting education while lowering the corporate tax rate and adding taxes to children’s clothing were also voiced as concerns.
This protester said “I think it’s appalling we’re adding taxes to children’s clothing, cutting education while at the same time lowering the corporate tax rate.”
During the dinner, Premier Wall underscored his stance surrounding a carbon tax dispute.
The Premier also stated the Sask. Party would provide more details next week regarding a response to a court decision affecting Saskatchewan’s separate schools.