Members of Saskatchewan’s Legislative Assembly are back in Regina, as the second session of the 28th Legislature begins Wednesday.
Session will begin with the Speech from the Throne, the first one delivered by Premier Scott Moe.
“We’re looking forward to discussions throughout the Legislative session with respect to achieving our three year plan the balance, in this legislative session, with the balanced budget being announced this coming spring,” he said.
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The province’s plan of Prairie Resilience, noted Moe, will also be a very-much talked about topic, as well as other matters.
“We also look forward to having the discussion with respect to how we can continue to move forward with investment in our communities and with the services that people across this province expect their government to be providing in their communities, investments in health care , education and post-secondary education.”
On the other side of the aisle, the topic of health is one Ryan Meili is more than happy to engage in.
The leader of the Official Opposition Saskatchewan NDP noted they’ve heard a lot about this from people during the party’s travels.
“As we look at the numbers, more and more people in Saskatchewan are actually sick. Our health outcomes, compared to other provinces, are very poor. And that’s an indictment of not just investments in health care, but the system overall.”
This is Meili’s second session as the party leader and there’s quite a bit of change, including the election of Yens Pedersen in Regina-Northeast, as well as a critic shuffle. The shuffle saw the development of a new role, a mental health critic, to which Danielle Chartier has been appointed to.
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“We’ve come out of our latest convention with a sense of, not just optimism, but confidence,” said Meili. “People are really feeling like something is happening on our side.”
This session of the Legislature runs through until December 6th.