The Saskatchewan economy was a key issue of debate in the provincial legislature.
NDP leader Ryan Meili says rising taxes, reduced services and a government austerity program is putting more people in poverty.
He says people are struggling with Saskatchewan showing the worst growth outside the maritime provinces.
He called on the government to implement an NDP phased plan to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour.
But Trade minister Jeremy Harrison disagrees.
Harrison says the economy has made significant gains in recent months.
Harrison says the latest jobs report says Saskatchewan has gained 9 thousand 400 jobs, the largest rise since 2014, and wholesale trade is up 11.4 percent this year.
He adds urban housing starts are up 19.4 percent in October, the second best in the country.
Harrison also says the NDP suggestion to hike the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour would kill jobs.