NDP Justice Critic Nicole Sarauer is asking for answers on the number of sexual assaults in the province and why Saskatchewan does not have a strategy on the issue when all other provinces do.
During Question Period, Sarauer questioned Social Services minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor about maintaining a Status of Women office.
“How is the Sask Party — how is that minister not concerned over the dismantling of the Status of Women office,” asked Sarauer in the legislature. “Even though she seems entirely unwilling to stand up for her ministry, will she, at the very least, stand up for the women of Saskatchewan who do not deserve to be the only women in Canada who live in a province without a strategy to decrease sexual assaults?”
Justice minister Gord Wyant says the Ministry of Justice released its interim Domestic Violence Death Review this spring.
He says he was taken aback by the statement made by Nicole Sarauer.
“I find that statement to be remarkable, Mr Speaker,” said Wyant. “Our government has done a lot over the last number of years with respect to this very important issue. The member will know we recently passed some legislation in this house with respect to domestic violence.”
As part of the Domestic Violence Death Review, the Domestic Violence Death Review Panel is currently conducting an in-depth review of six cases of domestic violence homicide.
Once this review is complete, the Panel will use its findings to make recommendations about the future of the review process and provincial responses to domestic violence.
A final report on the Panel’s finding will be released in fall 2017.