Meili says reopening plan not without lingering questions

The Saskatchewan NDP have questions surrounding the provincial government’s five-phased plan to reopen the province announced by Premier Scott Moe on Thursday morning.

During an online teleconference on Thursday afternoon, NDP leader Ryan Meili said it’s good news to see the province work together to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While he acknowledged that people want to have a plan which sees the economy open as quickly and safely as possible, he urged the importance of finding a balance.

“There’s still a lot to be answered in terms of our healthcare capacity should we see an increase in cases,” stated Meili.

“There are questions around the timing of the phases. How will be go from phase one to phase two in two weeks, how will we know that we’re ready to go to phase two and what will be the triggers to allow that.”

Other concerns Meili expressed included what mechanisms will be present for enforcing physical distancing in businesses that are open, along with questions regarding child care and a plan B if COVID-19 case numbers begin to increase as restrictions are lifted.

Meili was also disappointed there was no outside consultation listed in the document.

“One thing that is very starkly noticeable as missing is any mention of First Nations and Métis people, any mentions of the particular challenges faced in the north which is obviously relevant right now with the outbreak in La Loche,” added Meili.

“This is a plan that further reflects the government’s approach to this, which has not been to bring in municipal First Nations leaders, cross-party leadership, leaders from business and labour in any meaningful and visible way.”

Looking foward, Meili believes the Sask. Party needs to show how they plan to support families, communities and businesses with additional resources and support from the province as the public health order remains.


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