Saskatchewan Library week is taking place this week across the province.
In Regina, education critic Carla Beck used the time as a way to show that the Sask party government does not value libraries the way they should.
Beck said people rely on their local library across the province.
“This was made no clearer than in 2017, when the government tried to cut funding and we saw 14,000 sign a petition, and the second-largest protest in the history of Saskatchewan where people took to their MLA’s offices and had read-ins at every corner of this province.”
Beck said they are also calling on the government to be transparent with their review of libraries.
“What we would like to see , and we’re hearing concerns from patrons of libraries, from people who work in libraries, from people who are in library boards, is that we are aware that there is some process of review going on now, but there is scant detail about it,” Beck said. “We want the government to make good on their claims, to be transparent and open.”
Beck said she knows first hand about the importance of libraries.
“I was a young mom at one time who had young children, felt very isolated in my home,” Beck said. “The library, in fact this library at Connaught, was a place where I could come with my children, talk with other mom’s, have a safe place and enriching environment for my children.”
The NDP sent an FOI request to the province, and while they received one, they are unsatisfied with it, calling it very ‘redacted.’