The NDP is raising concern about support from the disaster assistance program for victims of wildfires in western Saskatchewan this fall.
Opposition critic Carla Beck says some groups feel the support doesn’t go far enough for livestock producers who lost critical winter feed supplies.
“Producers, APAS and SARM have all been clear; that these dollars are welcome but they’re inadequate, and they won’t help many who are struggling right now,” Beck says. “I know that the Minister of Agriculture knows this, so why won’t they just deliver the disaster relief that is needed?”
Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart says support includes veterinary aid and disposal of dead livestock.
“We’ve given the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association $100,000 to dispense to the victims of this fire as they see fit,” Stewart says. “They’re on the ground, in the area, and I think they know best where the money should go.”
Stewart says the disaster assistance plan is also providing support for devastated livestock feed supplies.